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Lives and homes at risk as Cyclone Kelvin makes landfall in WA

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Residents in northwest Western Australia have been told to brace for destructive winds of up to 150km/h as a tropical cyclone moves towards the coast, reported SBS.

Lives and homes are in danger as Tropical Cyclone Kelvin pelts Western Australia's far north with destructive winds and heavy rain.

Tropical Cyclone Kelvin crossed the WA coast near Anna Plains Station, about 250km south of Broome, as a category 2.

A red alert remains in place for people between the Bidyadanga Aboriginal community and Sandfire in the Kimberley region.

"You are in danger and need to act immediately," the Department of Fire and Emergency Services warns.

People have been warned to remain inside and shelter in the strongest part of their homes or at the evacuation centre, away from doors and windows, and to keep emergency kits with them.

A yellow alert is in place for people between Broome and Bidyadanga, but not including Broome, and between Sandfire and Wallal, but not including Sandfire.

"There is a possible threat to lives and homes as a cyclone is approaching the area," DFES warns.

The Bureau of Meteorology says destructive winds, with gusts to 150km/h, are likely near the centre of the system until mid afternoon, but the cyclone will weaken overnight as it continues to move inland.

Damaging winds may persist to the east of the centre once the system weakens below tropical cyclone intensity.

Kelvin is moving east at 11km/h, and is currently estimated to be 60km south-southwest of Bidyadanga and 120 kilometres east-northeast of Wallal Downs.

Very heavy rainfall is likely to continue over the far west Kimberley and far east Pilbara during Sunday.

Meanwhile, the all clear has been given for people between Wallal Downs and Pardoo.

Although the threat has passed, people have been warned to take care to avoid hazards.

Some roads remain closed in the Pilbara and Kimberley regions, and people have been warned of flooding danger.

The Water Corporation is also advising people not to swim or fish in Roebuck Bay or Dampier Creek in Broome as a precaution following significant rainfall in the past 24 hours.


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