Rare tropical cyclone to make landfall in Western Australia

Rare tropical cyclone to make landfall in Western Australia

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Seroja is expected to have widespread impacts throughout the region on Sunday evening local time and overnight as it progresses south-east over land.

Just a few days ago, that same cyclone wreaked havoc in Indonesia. Strong winds and heavy rains triggered flash floods and landslides.

Thousands of people were displaced and more than 100 homes were severely damaged when the cyclone hit that country.

Tropical cyclones hit the northern coast of Australia every year. However, the south-central coast of Western Australia does not see tropical cyclones as frequently, especially with the strength of Seroja.

Seroja early Sunday had winds around 110 km / h, which equates to a high end tropical storm in the Atlantic Ocean. The storm is expected to strengthen as it accelerates toward the coast and could reach 120 km / h (75 mph), which is equivalent to a minimal Category 1 hurricane in the Atlantic.
“A brief period of build-up is expected over the next 12 hours as the system operates in a more favorable shear environment,” the Joint Typhoon Warning Center warned on its website.

The Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) in Australia has issued a hurricane force wind warning for the Gascoyne coast. Storm force wind warnings have been issued for Ningaloo Coast and Geraldton Coast.

“Residents of the coast between Coral Bay and Lancelin should now prepare for a period of destructive winds that could cause significant damage to homes and property, and heavy rains that could lead to flash flooding,” the Bureau warned. meteorology during a tropical cyclone watch. published Friday.

Residents along the west coast also need to be prepared for dangerous waves, coastal erosion, and storm surges.

It has been more than five years since this region of Western Australia had impacts from a tropical system

In 2015, Tropical Cyclone Olwyn brought heavy rains and high winds to many of the same areas that are expected to experience impacts from Seroja.

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