Tropical Cyclone Narelle (08S) Affecting Western Australia21.5S 111.0E
Tropical Cyclone Narelle (08S) began as a weak tropical low that formed within the Timor Sea about 160 km (100 mi) to the southeast of Dili in Timor-Leste. Two days later TCWC Perth commenced regular bulletins under the designation 05U.
The system reached category one tropical cyclone status on 8 January and subsequently was named Narelle. As of 12 January, Narelle was a category 5 severe cyclone, with a cyclone warning between Roebourne and Coral Bay, and a cyclone watch between Coral Bay and Carnarvon. On 12 January, people living in Mardie, Onslow, Exmouth and Coral Bay were told to prepare for the storm.