The Department of Fire and Emergency Services Mid West/Gascoyne is monitoring a cyclone for possible impact on the Gascoyne.
The DFES regional office spent an hour planning on Christmas Day after a tropical low formed off the northern WA coast.
At 2.54pm today, the Bureau of Meteorology issued a cyclone watch and said the low was likely to develop into a tropical cyclone on Saturday.
It estimates the low is 570 kilometres north of Broome and 920 kilometres north/north-east of Port Hedland, moving south-west at 8 km/h parallel to the coast.
DFES district officer Stephen McDonald said the regional office was planning ahead, should the cyclone impact on Carnarvon, Coral Bay or Shark Bay.
"There are a number of scenarios and one possibility is that it could impact on the Gascoyne coast," he said.
"You never know with cyclones. They take any path they want."
Planning included volunteer deployments, possible evacuations of holidaymakers on the Gascoyne coast and preparing for possible flood events in the aftermath.
There are no community alerts at present, but residents are advised to monitor media reports and the bureau website for alerts — www.bom.gov.au.
Cyclone advice and State Emergency Service community alerts are available by
dialling 1300 659 210.
A map showing the track of the cyclone is available at: http://www.bom.gov.au/cyclone