The Bureau of Meteorology is warning there is a strong chance of a cyclone developing in Western Australia’s north-west on New Year’s Day.
A tropical low is currently located around Katherine in the Northern Territory and is expected to move west in the coming days.
Severe weather forecaster Brad Santos says the bureau is keen to give people as much time as possible to prepare.
“It is very early days considering that the low is still well to our east, over the Northern Territory,” he said.
“But the computer models are showing signs that the system is expected to move to the west and it’s got a reasonable chance of being a tropical cyclone on New Year’s Day off the Pilbara or West Kimberley coast.”