Cyclone warning for Pilbara region

Danielle RaffaeleNorth West Telegraph
Cyclone Damien causes damage in Karratha
Camera IconCyclone Damien causes damage in Karratha Credit: Pilbara News

The Department of Fire and Emergency Services is issuing a warning for those wondering out yonder in the State’s north with two unpredictable tropical lows brewing off the coast.

DFES has warned of a possible prolonged period of unpredictable and potentially dangerous weather in the region and people on holiday should remain alert.

Tropical Cyclone Seroja is currently parallel to the coast and will likely impact sections of the Pilbara and Midwest-Gascoyne regions over the coming week.

DFES commissioner Craig Waters said travellers should start to reconsider their holiday plans.

“We know there are many holidaymakers in the area and others making their way there, many of whom will not have experienced a cyclone before,” he said.

“Cyclones can be incredibly dangerous, bringing heavy rain, flooding, gales and swells.

“Recent rainfall and flooding has already battered the northern half of WA during the current cyclone season.

“If you’re in a tent or caravan, you are simply not protected against the damaging winds that may hit the region.

“Some roads in the area are still undergoing maintenance to repair damage from recent flooding events and Tropical Cyclone Seroja has the potential to cause further damage making roads unpassable for days, if not longer.”

He said people should keep up to date with the latest information.

“It’s absolutely imperative that people have a plan and they are prepared to leave if the situation gets worse – you can’t afford to wait until the last minute.

“You need to check Emergency WA at least daily, check the weather and cyclone forecasts from the Bureau of Meteorology, listen to the local radio and news bulletins and be ready to change your plans."

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