Tropical Cyclone Clare is a moderately strong storm system in the Indian Ocean off the Australian coast. When the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on the Aqua satellite observed the cyclone at 06:05 UTC (2:05 p.m. local time) on January 9, 2006, it was a well-developed system with peak sustained winds of around 100 kilometers per hour (60 miles per hour).
Therefore the cyclone was about 200 kilometers offshore from Port Hedland in Western Australia. Since then, the storm has weakened considerably, reaching landfall during the early morning hours of January 10, 2006. According to the Australian Weather Bureau, the storm will likely cause significant rainfall and very strong winds. Also possibly cause higher tides and flooding.
Also tropical cyclones are given names in order to reduce confusion when disseminating information about them, particularly in times of emergency. The World Meteorological Organization, a branch of the United Nations, maintains a list from which storm names are chosen.