Tropical Cyclone Seroja looms off WA north
An urgent warning has been issued to holiday-makers camping or travelling in caravans in Western Australia’s north as a tropical cyclone looms.
Tropical Cyclone Seroja is tracking southwest at 23km/h and was 525km northwest of Exmouth in the early hours of Friday.
It is expected to make landfall late Sunday or early Monday between Carnarvon and Jurien Bay.
A cyclone advice alert has been issued by the Department of Fire and Emergency Services for an area spanning from Onslow to Jurien Bay in the state’s Pilbara, Gascoyne and Mid West regions.
Acting DFES commissioner Craig Waters said there were many holiday-makers in the area, many of whom would not have experienced a cyclone before.
“Recent rainfall and flooding has already battered the northern half of WA during the current cyclone season,” he said on Thursday.
“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.”
The DFES is urging travellers to reconsider their plans and stay up to date with the latest emergency information.
“The size of this potential impact area is another reason to be prepared, because you may need to travel some distance before you are out of harm’s way,” Mr Waters said.
A separate tropical low lying well to the south of Christmas Island could develop cyclone intensity in the coming days as it tracks east.
The Bureau of Meteorology says it is possible the two systems will rotate around each other when they get close enough, an interaction known as the Fujiwhara Effect.
Seroja is expected to bring dangerous weather conditions to the west coast on Sunday or Monday.
“This is a rare event for people on the west coast of Western Australia with potential impacts in the area between Coral Bay and Jurien Bay, including Carnarvon, Denham, Kalbarri and Geraldton,” the bureau said.
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