Ex-tropical cyclone Lincoln downgraded but severe weather warning in place for Gascoyne, North West

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DFES officer Shannon Stubbs at the Geraldton operations centre.
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Gascoyne and North West communities bracing for a cyclone can breathe a sigh of relief after ex-tropical cyclone Lincoln was downgraded to a severe weather warning.

However the region is still on alert, with destructive winds up to 100km/h and flash flooding possible in some parts.

The Bureau of Meteorology says the ex-tropical cyclone is less likely to redevelop when it crosses the Gascoyne coast between Coral Bay and Cape Cuvier on Saturday night.

“The risk of cyclonic-strength weather in these areas has been reduced. Severe weather is still expected in these locations and people need to remain vigilant and keep up to date,” BoM warns.

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People have been advised to take care on the roads, however North West Coastal Highway southbound between Carnarvon Road and Nanutarra Roadhouse and northbound from Kalbarri-Ajana East Road to Carnarvon Road have been reopened.

The bureau warns Carnarvon, Denham, Exmouth, Kalbarri, Mount Magnet and Yalgoo are areas which could still by hit by wild weather.

Damaging winds with peak gusts of about 100km/h are possible, and heavy rainfall could lead to flash flooding.

Peak six-hourly rainfall totals between 40 to 70mm are possible leading to 24-hourly rainfall totals between 60 to 80mm in the far western Pilbara, Gascoyne and northern Central West districts. Isolated 24-hour falls up to 120mm are possible near the low pressure centre.

Damaging winds are expected to ease by late Sunday morning, but heavy rains is forecast to continue until Sunday afternoon or early evening.


  • If outside find safe shelter away from trees, powerlines, storm water drains and streams.
  • Close your curtains and blinds, and stay inside away from windows.
  • Unplug electrical appliances and avoid using landline telephones if there is lightning.
  • If there is flooding, create your own sandbags by using pillow cases filled with sand and place them around doorways to protect your home.
  • If boating, swimming or surfing leave the water.

If driving:

  • Do not drive into water of unknown depth and current.
  • Slow down, turn your lights on and keep a safe distance from other drivers.
  • Be alert and watch for hazards on the road such as fallen powerlines and loose debris.
  • If it is raining heavily and you cannot see, pull over and park with your hazard lights on until the rain clears.

For updates, visit emergency.wa.gov.au

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