UPDATE 2.10pm Communities in the Kimberley and Pilbara remain on blue alert as Tropical Cyclone Christine continues to intensify as it moves towards the coast.
Residents are still being advised there is no immediate danger but should prepare for dangerous weather.
SES and VES volunteers from seven Pilbara units are assisting the community to prepare for the cyclone and approximately 30 Kimberley SES and VES volunteers are on standby.
At 2.10pm, Tropical Cyclone Christine was off the west Kimberley coast and expected to intensify further as it moved towards the Pilbara coast.
Shiploading at Dampier and Cape Lambert has been stopped following advice from local port authorities, according to a statement released by Rio Tinto.
A spokeswoman said mine and rail operations would continue to operate as normal, however Rio Tinto was closely monitoring the situation.
The weather bureau warned that during Monday heavy rainfall was forecast for lower areas in the catchment below Wittenoom and
extending to the inland towards Ashburton River catchment late Monday and Tuesday.
Rainfall totals of 100 mm to 200 mm with possible heavier falls were expected during Monday and Tuesday.
Forecast rainfall would cause significant stream rises with areas of flooding in the lower Fortescue River catchment during Monday into Tuesday.
Millstream Chichester National Park in the Shire of Ashburton will be closed from 6pm today until further notice.
People on the coast between De Grey and Mardie, including Port Hedland and Karratha, are warned of the potential for a danergous storm tide late Monday night or early Tuesday morning.
Tides may rise significantly above the normal high tide mark with damaging waves and dangerous coastal inundation.
WEST KIMBERLEY FLOOD WATCH, 2.10pm
The following Watches/Warnings are current:
• Flood Warning for the Lower Fortescue River Catchment
• Flood Warning for the Onslow Coastal Catchment
• Flood Warning for the Pilbara Coastal Rivers.
During Monday heavy rainfalls are expected to extend from Port Hedland to Onslow, and then to the inland Pilbara late Monday and on Tuesday.
People in the towns of Beagle Bay, Cape Leveque, Derby, Cockatoo Island, Kuri Bay and surrounding areas should continue to prepare for possible flooding expected later today.
Heavy rainfalls are expected about the west Kimberley coast, extending to the Pilbara later on Sunday.
For the next 24 hours, widespread rainfall of 70mm to 80mm with isolated heavier falls are forecast for areas from Broome to Derby.
Rainfall during the past few days and the forecast rainfall for next 24 hours in the West Kimberley may cause significant stream rises with areas of flooding.
DFES’s State Emergency Service (SES) advises people and communities to be aware that flooding is possible and be prepared to relocate equipment and livestock.
Watch water levels.
River depth at 2.10pm
• Fortescue River at Newman 0m steady 01:00 PM SUN 29/12/13
• Weeli Wolli Ck at Tarina 0.2m steady 01:00 PM SUN 29/12/13
• Fortescue River at Deep Reach 0.29m steady 12:00 PM SUN 29/12/13
• Fortescue River at Gregory Gorge 0.12m steady 12:00 PM SUN 29/12/13
• Fortescue River at Bilanoo -0.28m steady 01:00 PM SUN 29/12/13
Travellers need to be aware that road conditions may be adversely affected and travel plans may need to be reconsidered.
Do not drive into water of unknown depth and velocity.
For current information on road conditions contact Main Roads WA on 138 138 or at www.mainroads.wa.gov.au.