Residents along Western Australia’s northern coast are preparing for a possible cyclone and ships are leaving the area.
A tropical low is forecast to develop into a cyclone on Saturday, bringing 100km/h wind gusts and heavy rain across coastal areas of the Kimberley.
The Bureau of Meteorology has issued a cyclone warning for coastal areas from Cape Leveque to Broome on Saturday, and also a cyclone watch alert from Broome to Mardie.
The weather system, currently 430km north northwest of Broome, is expected to intensify over the weekend as it tracks southwest towards the Pilbara coast.
The Port Hedland Port Authority said the Pilbara iron ore export hub was expected to be hit by gales, so port evacuations will begin on Saturday morning.