/ 11 April 2023

Anticipating big events in the west…


Say hello to Tropical Cyclone Ilsa – the result of a tropical low off the coast of Western Australia’s northern Kimberley Coast. Forecasts predict it will reach category-4 level (aka bring winds in excess of 200km/hour in the core…) by Wednesday as it heads towards the Pilbara coast, but it is early days, and its path is still uncertain. The most likely area of impact is between Port Hedland and Broome late on Thursday/early Friday, with significant destruction expected, and communities between Cape Leveque and Broome have been advised to get ready. It’s a busy time along our western coast, not just because thrillseekers are making the most of the school holidays… Up to 25,000 stargazers from all over the world are expected to travel to Exmouth – more than 1,300km from Broome – to catch 20 April’s total solar eclipse. Officials have urged holiday-makers to stay on top of the forecasts.

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