The harmful, fast-moving Cyclone Seroja has made landfall on Western Australia’s coast, bringing wind gusts of up to 165km/h.
Seroja hit the coast south of Kalbarri at about 8 pm AWST on Sunday as a category three system and also was relocating inland north of Geraldton.
The storm is taking a trip at 55km/h, and significant effects are anticipated to extend inland through to Wheat Belt areas overnight, the Bureau of Meteorology said.
The BOM said wind gusts of as much as 170km/h were taped near Kalbarri as the storm made landfall.
Reports of power interruptions in Geraldton and home damage in Kalbarri began trickling in as the storm’s force was felt.
Homeowners throughout WA’s midwest were informed about nestling during what their top called a cyclone “like nothing we have seen before in years”.
There was a “red alert” in place throughout an 800km stretch of coast south of Carnarvon to Lancelin.
Areas included in the zone were Geraldton, Carnamah, Coorow, Chapman Valley, Dandaragan, Irwin, Mingenew, Morawa, Northampton, Perenjori, Shark Bay as well as Three Springs.
Evacuation centres are being open in Port Denison, Carnarvon as well as Denham.
Carnarvon’s historical One Mile Jetty was just one of the cyclone’s first casualties, supposedly tore apart around lunchtime on Sunday.
Seroja will continue to influence the area till midnight, with each site expected to experience the worst of the weather for about 3 hrs, the Bureau of Meteorology’s James Ashley stated.
Gales, damaging winds, high tides, heavy rainfall, blink flooding, hazardous browse and beach erosion are among the threats.
The WA Nation Health Service claimed Geraldton Health centre would certainly remain to treat emergency clients throughout the cyclone. However, all various other visits have been or will certainly be cancelled.
The Bureau of Meteorology released a flood look for the Wooramel, Murchison, Greenough, Yarra Lakes, Moore, Hill and parts of the Salt Lake District and Avon River catchments.
A serious weather condition warning was issued for Monday for parts of the Greater Perth, Goldfields-Midlands, Great Southern, and Midwest-Gascoyne areas.
” If you live in South East Coastal and also parts of Goldfields, Eucla, Great Southern and Central Wheat Belt districts, you require to prepare currently for the serious weather condition coming tomorrow,” emergency cautions said.
” This is a very rare weather event for people in southerly as well as eastern parts of Western Australia.”