Tropical Cyclone Blake set to slam Western Australia

A graphic showing the cyclone.
A graphic showing the cyclone. Photo credit: Australia Bureau of Meteorology / Twitter

Australia's severe weather woes have just worsened with the news its first tropical summer cyclone has formed off the coast of Western Australia.

Named Tropical Cyclone Blake by Australian forecasters, it's currently Category 1 - but may strengthen to Category 2 by Tuesday with wind gusts in excess of 125km/h.

"This means it will likely bring some flooding and wind damage at the lower levels to the western desert side of Australia," WeatherWatch warns.

The cyclone is currently around 200km from Broome as of Monday, with Australia's Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) expecting the cyclone to make landfall along Eighty Mile Beach either late Tuesday or early Wednesday.

"As that system moves closer to the coast today we will see winds start increasing and we may expect gales to develop [around] Kuri Bay and Wallal Downs," BoM duty forecaster Steph Bond told ABC.

"This system will move parallel to the coastline just offshore and may make landfall around Tuesday evening, most likely around the Wallal Downs area, at this stage, as a Category 2 system."

The BoM warned residents to "prepare for cyclonic weather and organise an emergency kit including first aid kit, torch, portable radio, spare batteries, food and water".

A flood watch has been issued for the coastal areas of west Kimberley and Sandy Desert.