Australia Tropical Cyclone Seroja forecast to reach land as a category two, bringing destructive winds

03:40  11 april  2021
03:40  11 april  2021 Source:   abc.net.au

TWO tropical cyclones developing off West Australian coast

  TWO tropical cyclones developing off West Australian coast A cyclone advice alert has been issued for an area spanning from Onslow to Jurien Bay in the state's Pilbara, Gascoyne and Mid West regions. Tropical Cyclone Seroja is tracking south from its current position 720km northwest of Broome and is expected to make landfall as early as Sunday.A separate tropical low lying well to the south of Christmas Island could develop cyclone intensity in coming days as it tracks east, the Bureau of Meteorology said on Wednesday.

Seroja is expected to bring widespread impacts across the region Sunday evening local time and overnight as it progresses southeastward over land . Tropical cyclones impact the northern coast of Australia every year. Seroja early Sunday had winds around 110 kph, which is equivalent 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 kph (75 mph), which is equivalent to a minimal Category 1 hurricane in the Atlantic.

Tropical Cyclone Seroja is forecast to make landfall from Sunday afternoon and extend southwards through Monday as a category 2 cyclone , meaning wind speeds of 100km/hr near the centre with gusts up to 140km/hr. Bureau of Meteorology senior meteorologist James Ashley has described the pending weather event as "rare" and "dangerous", warning it will be accompanied by destructive wind and intense rainfall leading to serious flooding. Tropical Cyclone Odette, which earlier prompted the evacuation of people on islands or at sea off parts of WA's northwest coast, will be "completely

map: A satellite image of Tropical Cyclone Seroja as it heads towards the WA coast. (Supplied: BOM) © Provided by ABC NEWS A satellite image of Tropical Cyclone Seroja as it heads towards the WA coast. (Supplied: BOM)

Evacuation centres in Western Australia's Mid West have opened in preparation for Tropical Cyclone Seroja, which is expected to make landfall this evening.

The cyclone, which is currently a category two system, is forecast to bring destructive winds and possible flash flooding to the coast this afternoon.

A yellow alert is in place for people near Carnarvon to Kalbarri, excluding the townsites.

A blue alert has been issued for people south of Cape Cuvier to Carnarvon, including the town of Carnarvon, and Kalbarri to Lancelin, including those towns.

Cyclone Seroja brewing off WA coast joined by two tropical lows

  Cyclone Seroja brewing off WA coast joined by two tropical lows A cyclone brewing off the West Australian coast is joined by a second tropical low, adding to what was already a rare weather event.Tropical Cyclone Seroja, currently a category one system, is about 670 kilometres north-west of Karratha and 650km north-north-west of Exmouth.

Tropical Cyclone Seroja is a currently active tropical cyclone that was responsible for a series of significant and deadly flash floods and landslides in East Timor and southern Indonesia and currently threatening Western Australia's Gascoyne and Mid West Regions.

Tropical Cyclone Seroja expected to bring dangerous weather conditions to the west coast during Sunday or Monday.The track map shows #CycloneSeroja intensifying to category 3 on Saturday and reaching the coast as a category 2 system late Sunday or Monday. https TC Seroja is forecast to cross the coast later tonight, with the centre crossing between the Carnarvon and Jurien Bay regions. The system is likely to bring wind gusts of up to 125kmh, heavy rains and dangerous tides. “Rain and strong easterly winds from the system could reach as far south as Perth,” Mr How said.

The blue alert extends inland to the shires of Northampton, Chapman Valley, Morawa, Greater Geraldton, Mingenew, Three Springs, and Perenjori, along with the townsites of Mullewa, Coorow and Carnamah.

The Department of Communities has opened evacuation centres in Port Denison, Carnarvon and Denham, with some people in Denham asked to evacuate.

Cyclone Seroja is about 500 kilometres west north-west of Carnarvon and 750 kilometres north-west of Kalbarri.

It may intensify to a category three system, but is forecast to drop to a category two before it crosses the coast.

Gusts of up to 100 kilometres an hour are likely between Minilya Roadhouse and Kalbarri during the afternoon.

Ex-Tropical Cyclone Odette weakened overnight, and is set to weaken further after making contact with Cyclone Seroja.

Video: DFES warns of severe weather conditions this weekend (ABC NEWS)

Damage, blackouts as Seroja slams WA .
Tropical Cyclone Seroja has smashed into the WA coast as a category three storm and pushed inland, causing damage that will be assessed at daylight.Seroja made landfall south of Kalbarri at about 8pm AWST on Sunday as a category three storm, bringing wind gusts of up to 170km/h at the centre as it reached land.

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