Tropical cyclone Christine is battering the Pilbara coast,
forcing people to take shelter as it brings strong winds,
heavy rain and dangerous storm tides.
The Category 3 storm crossed the coast between Whim Creek and
Roebourne overnight, with wind gusts of 200km/h expected near
The Bureau of Meteorology said at 1am (WST) Christine was
estimated to be 150km west southwest of Port Hedland and 50km
east southeast of Karratha and moving southwest at 16km/h.
It's expected to take a more southerly track during the early
hours of Tuesday.
Residents in the affected areas of the Pilbara have been told
to take shelter while the storm moves over.
A red alert is in place for people in or near the coastal
areas between De Grey and Mardie and extending inland to Tom
Price and Paraburdoo.
This includes Port Hedland, South Hedland, Whim Creek,
Roebourne, Point Samson, Wickham, Karratha and Dampier.
"There is a threat to lives and homes," DFES said in a
statement on Tuesday. "You are in danger and need to act
It urged residents in affected areas to "get ready to move to
the strongest, safest part of your house".
Widespread heavy rainfall is expected near the cyclone track
and flood warnings have been issued for the Pilbara.
Destructive winds with gusts in excess of 135km/h are
battering the Karratha area and are expected to extend well
inland during Tuesday.
People in Tom Price can expect destructive wind gusts to
start around 8am (WST).
Gales with gusts to 120km/h are occurring between De Grey and
Mardie and will extend to the inland Pilbara.
People on the coast between De Grey and Wickham including
Port Hedland are warned of the potential for a very dangerous