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Tropical Cyclone Anika makes landfall near Faraway Bay overnight


Issued: 7pm AEDT on Sunday 27 February 2022

Tropical Cyclone Anika made landfall on the north Kimberley coast near Faraway Bay as a category 2 system at 8:00pm WST on Saturday 26 February.

Tropical Cyclone Anika has been downgraded below tropical cyclone strength, but is expected to strengthen again once it moves over waters off the west Kimberley early in the new week.

Heavy rainfall and flooding are forecast to continue in the northwestern Kimberley, including Broome, Derby and Bidyadanga, with rainfall totals of 100-200mm and isolated falls of 200-350mm today and similar falls into early parts of this week. These falls are likely to cause some roads to become impassable and some communities may become isolated.

A Flood Warning is current for the North and West Kimberley Districts. Flood Watches have been cancelled in the Northern Territory but remain current for other parts of the Kimberley and western Sandy Desert.

Communities should be prepared for potential impacts, to heed warnings against driving through flood waters and are encouraged to keep up to date with the latest forecasts and warnings on the Bureau’s website, BOM Weather app, Emergency WA and follow the advice of emergency services.