Cyclone Ilsa has hit northern coast of Western Australia, bringing 240kph winds and strong rain.

The cyclone made landfall at around 6.30pm (WST) on Thursday.  

Residents living near the coast in between Bidyadanga and De Grey coast areas were earlier ordered to seek shelter or evacuate their homes immediately. 

The Department of Fire and Emergency issued a red alert for the Pilbara and Kimberley coastline, WA Today said.

This means locals in the area including 15,000 people in Port Hedland need to stay indoors until the alert is lifted.

‘There is a possible threat to lives and homes as a cyclone is approaching the area,’ Emergency WA warned on Thursday morning.

‘You need to take action and get ready to shelter from a cyclone.’

Residents in the areas affected have been told to go their nearest evacuation centre, keep an emergency kit with canned food, water and medication with them, and move all cars under cover.

Flood warnings have also been issued for those in West Kimberley, De Grey River, Sandy Desert, Warburton District Rivers, Salt Lakes District Rivers (North west of Laverton) and Western Desert Districts.



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