Tropical Cyclone Veronica has intensified to a category four and is heading for Western Australia’s Pilbara coast.

The Bureau of Meteorology says the region could be severely impacted over the weekend.

On Wednesday night Veronica was well north of the Pilbara coast but was moving southwest and and is expected to intensify on Friday.

“There is still some uncertainty in the forecast track but there is the potential for a severe tropical cyclone impact along the Pilbara coast over the weekend,” a BOM alert said.

Gales with gusts up to 100km/h are expected between Pardoo and Mardie from as early as Friday night.

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Very destructive winds with gusts over 165km/h are possible as the cyclone nears the coast, as well as heavy rain, major flooding and possible storm surges.

People near Mardie and Pardoo, including Port Hedland, South Hedland, Wickham, Roebourne, Point Samson, Karratha and Dampier are being warned to prepare for cyclonic weather.

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