Tropical cyclones likely to become another weather worry for Australia amid bushfires

Courtney Spamer

While the dangerous fires in Australia continue to make global headlines this week, the opposite side of the country may be under a different weather threat.

Tropical Cyclone Blake developed north of Broome this weekend before intensifying as it approached the Kimberly coastline early this week.

A general southwesterly track is expected for Blake into Wednesday, likely affecting parts of the Kimberley and Pilbara coasts, including coastal cities like Broome and Port Hedland.

In addition to land impacts, offshore boats and oil interests should also pay attention to this storm as dangerous seas could close ports and delay shipping traffic in the region.

It appears at this time that Blake will skirt the coast making a final landfall near Wallal Downs Tuesday afternoon before tracking near Marble Bar by Wednesday morning.

This region will be at risk for both flash flooding and locally damaging winds. These winds may also result in power cuts.

AccuWeather meteorologists predict widespread rainfall of 150-300 mm (6-12 inches) with an AccuWeather Local StormMax™ of 400 mm (16 inches).

As the cyclone moves inland, heavy rain will spread southward across central Western Australia. This can bring flash flooding across the rugged, desert terrain.

Unfortunately, moisture from Blake is not expected to reach southeastern Australia where hundreds of wildfires continue to burn in one of the worst fire seasons on record.

A second tropical threat may slowly take shape in the coming days as a tropical low spins near or over Australia's Top End.

This system may develop by this weekend or early next week as the low slowly tracks westward into the Timor Sea.

While impacts may change depending on the strength of the system, tropical rainfall and flooding at this time are the main threats as the low slowly drifts southward toward the Northern Territory. The Darwin and Palmerston City areas could be affected.

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