Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology
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TROPICAL CYCLONE ADVICE NUMBER 4
Issued at 9:50 am WDT on Saturday, 29 December 2007
BY THE BUREAU OF METEOROLOGY
TROPICAL CYCLONE WARNING CENTRE PERTH
A Cyclone WARNING has been declared for coastal areas from Mardie to Wallal
including Port Hedland and Karratha-Dampier.
A Cyclone WATCH has been declared for remaining coastal parts between Broome and
Coral Bay, extending inland to include Nanutarra and Marble Bar.
At 9:00 am WDT Tropical Cyclone Melanie, Category 2 was estimated to be
410 kilometres north of Port Hedland and
465 kilometres north northeast of Karratha and
moving south at 11 kilometres per hour towards the coast.
Gales with gusts to 120 kilometres per hour are possible on the coast between
Mardie and Wallal, including Karratha and Port Hedland, on Sunday as the cyclone
moves closer to the coast. Widespread heavy rain is likely in coastal parts of
the Pilbara from Sunday.
Details of Tropical Cyclone Melanie at 9:00 am WDT:
Centre located near...... 16.7 degrees South 118.0 degrees East
Location accuracy........ within 85 kilometres
Recent movement.......... towards the south at 11 kilometres per hour
Wind gusts near centre... 130 kilometres per hour
Severity category........ 2
Central pressure......... 974 hectoPascals
FESA-State Emergency Service advises that there are no community alerts at
present. Residents of coastal and adjacent inland communities between Broome and
Coral Bay should listen for the next advice.
The next advice will be issued by 1:00 pm WDT Saturday 29 December.
Cyclone advices and State Emergency Service Community Alerts are available by
dialling 1300 659 210
A map showing the track of the cyclone is available at:http://www.bom.gov.au/weather/wa/cyclone