Wednesday, December 8, 2021

Cyclone Seroja nears WA coast, residents warned to take shelter

Western Australia Premier Mark McGowan says the tropical cyclone bearing down on the state’s coastline is the fiercest of its kind “seen in decades. Fast-moving Cyclone Seroja has been upgraded to a category three and recorded winds of 170/km on Sunday evening, as emergency services warn residents from Carnarvon to Lancelin of impending danger.

Seroja is maintaining its intensity as it approaches the coast, with category 3 impact now more likely. It is rushing towards the southeast and is expected to cross the coast between Kalbarri and Geraldton this evening. WA’s historic One Mile Jetty has already been ripped apart by the cyclone, with one witness saying “she just went under” around midday and that the jetty was “getting hammered”. WA’s Department of Fire and Emergency issued a red alert for people living along a 450km stretch of the coast between Carnarvon.

Kalbarri, warning them their lives and homes are at risk as tropical cyclone Seroja gathers momentum. The very destructive core of Category 3 Severe Tropical Cyclone Seroja is crossing the coast now between Kalbarri and Gregory,” the Bureau of Meteorology said. Kalbarri, a resort town on WA’s coast.

Recorded a 170 km/h wind gust at 7:03pm local time and has seen 111 mm of rain since 9am. Conditions are quickly deteriorating, with damaging gales currently occurring between Denham and Kalbarri and stronger winds yet to come along the coast,” the BOM said.

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