Tropical cyclone (tc) 05s (five), located approximately 306 nm north-northeast of Port Hedland, Australia, has tracked south-southwestward. Maximum sustained surface winds were estimated at 35 knots gusting to 45 knots.
A cyclone warning has been issued for coastal areas of Western Australia, with Bureau of Meteorology forecasters expecting a tropical low off the coast of Broome to strengthen over the weekend into a category 3 storm.
Heavy rain and gusts of up to 100 kilometres per hour are expected to hit the WA coast between Kuri Bay and Broome this afternoon and further extend to De Grey north of Port Hedland by Sunday morning.
Wild weather on the Canary Islands has claimed the lives of at least two people including an 11-year-old girl who were drowned when they were swept away by waves on La Graciosa Island.
The toll from heavy rains and flooding in Brazil’s southeast states of Espirito Santo and Minas Gerais climbed to 45, authorities said.