Tourists are being told to leave the Pilbara as Cyclone Veronica looms.
Port Hedland, Karratha and surrounding towns and stations were upgraded to a warning zone last night as the cyclone gets closer to land.
It’s expected the category four cyclone will make landfall late Saturday night between Karratha and Hedland and could bring widespread flooding, heavy winds and rain.
Department of Fire and Emergency Services acting chief superintendent Paul Carr said anyone who did not need to be in the region, including anglers in Exmouth for the GAMEX competition, should consider leaving.
“Why put yourself at risk and risk your boat for a fishing competition,” he said.
“There hasn’t been a cyclone up that part of the world for some time so we are concerned about some level of complacency seeping in.
“If you don’t need to be there or feel uncomfortable, there is time to leave early.”