Cyclone Joyce hits Western Australia

Published: 12 January 2018 Image credit: Bureau of Meteorology


Cyclone Joyce is expected to make its way across Western Australia, but is a significantly weaker storm system than previously forecast.

The Category One cyclone did not reach the expected Category Three as it made its way inland from the Indian Ocean and tracked south through the Kimberley.

Yellow alerts were yesterday issued for the north-west parts of the state as the storm was predicted to intensify with gusts of wind reaching well over 200 kilometres per hour.

Thankfully residents of Bidyadanga, who were hit by the storm overnight, reported only minor damages, as the storm failed to change in severity.

Joyce is now travelling south, staying parallel to Eighty Mile Beach on the west coast of the state.

Warnings from De Grey down to Whim Creek have been cancelled, including Port Hedland and South Hedland, which was expected to be on the receiving end of brutal wind gusts.

As cyclones increase their strength while over water, Joyce’s severity will diminish as the system makes it way over land.

The Bureau of Meteorology is recommending that residents in affected areas “get ready to shelter from a cyclone” as heavy rainfall and gales with gusts of 100 kilometres are still being recorded.

“People in areas south of Wallal to De Grey and inland to Marble Bar need to prepare for cyclonic weather and organise an emergency kit including first aid kit, torch, portable radio, spare batteries, food and water,” the Bureau has advised.

Should this weather system hold its intensity, Perth could see up to 50mm of rain in the coming week if it continues on its current path.