Cyclone Blake downgraded as it lands in WA

Western Australia's first cyclone of the season has weakened to a tropical low after crossing the state's northwest coast.
Western Australia's first cyclone of the season has weakened to a tropical low after crossing the state's northwest coast.

WESTERN Australia’s first tropical cyclone of the summer has been downgraded to a tropical low but heavy rain and damaging winds are still expected in the state’s northwest.

Ex-Tropical Cyclone Blake moved over land in the far southwest Kimberley and weakened, the Bureau of Meteorology reported early on Wednesday.

Damaging winds with gusts to 100km/h were possible as the former cyclone tracked west-southwest near the east Pilbara coast before moving inland during the day.

Heavy downpours were also expected in the eastern Pilbara and far southwestern Kimberley.

“Persistent monsoonal rain and thunderstorm activity is also expected to continue in the northwest Kimberley with heavy falls possible a considerable distance away from the system centre,” the bureau said in a statement.

While bushfires continued to burn in parts of WA, flood warnings have been issued for west Kimberley and the De Grey River catchment in the Pilbara.

The bureau says wind and storm surge dangers from Bidyadanga to De Grey, extending inland to include Shay Gap, have now passed but people need to take care to avoid any damage caused.