Australia Tropical Cyclone Seroja wreaks havoc along WA's mid north coast, rips apart historic One Mile Jetty
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.
Tropical Cyclone Seroja has now weakened after leaving a trail of destruction and thousands of residents without power as it hit Western Australia's coast overnight.
Seroja made landfall south of Kalbarri at 8pm on Sunday as a category three storm, bringing wind gusts of up to 170 kilometres per hour.
The fast-moving storm tore roofs off houses and ripped apart Carnarvon's historic One Mile Jetty.
It also caused significant property damage, including to the roof of Monkey Mia Resort.
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.
Emergency services were inundated with calls for help but many were forced to stay indoors due to the dangerous conditions.
The storm weakened to a category two system as it moved inland towards Dalwallinu and has now weakened to a tropical low as it moves south-east between Merridin and Southern Cross.
There is still a red alert in place for south of Carnarvon to Lancelin, including the City of Greater Geraldton and the Shires of Chapman Valley, Irwin, Mingenew, Morawa, Northampton, Perenjori, Shark Bay and Three Springs and townsites of Coorow, Carnamah, Dalwallinu, Denham, Jurien Bay, Lancelin, Moora, Paynes Find and Wongan Hills in the Midwest Gascoyne.
Senior meteorologist Adam Morgan said the cyclone's impact had been severe because the communities it hit were not built to withstand it.
Cyclones to bring more rain further south in future, say the weather experts
There might be a bunch of tropical lows in the mix at the moment but the total number of cyclones is actually expected to go down as the climate warms. But there'll be more flooding, according to weather experts. () As a pack of tropical lows looms off the WA coast, the latest forecast is for the biggest, Tropical Cyclone Seroja, to continue south-west and turn towards the coast on Saturday.According to Andrew Burton, manager of tropical cyclones at the Bureau of Meteorology, the system is likely to impact as a category two as early as Sunday afternoon, but more likely overnight Sunday into Monday.
Yesterday Premier Mark McGowan said the cyclone was "like nothing we have seen in decades".
The system will continue to move quickly south-east at around 65 kilometres per hour over the eastern Wheatbelt, southern Goldfields and South East Coastal district this morning, moving offshore of the south coast of WA in the afternoon.
However, the cyclone will continue to weaken during the morning but is still likely to result in damaging wind gusts, particularly to the north and east of its path.
The cyclone destroyed Carnarvon's One Mile Jetty yesterday with powerful winds and tides tearing the structure apart in the middle.
The near 1.5-kilometre-long One Mile Jetty was established in 1897 for wool and livestock exports to Fremantle and is the longest jetty in the north-west of the state.
Carnarvon was the first port in the world to load livestock on board ships for transport to markets.
The jetty was also known for animal races, where entrants would race sheep along its length.
The Department of Communities has set up three evacuation centres at the Irwin Recreation Centre in Port Denison, the Carnarvon Civic Centre and at the Shark Bay Recreation Centre in Denham.
Cyclone Seroja destroys 124-year-old jetty and popular tourist resort .
The Monkey Mia Dolphin Resort in Western Australia was severely damaged while historic 124-year-old One Mile Jetty is ripped apart by Tropical Cyclone Seroja.The cyclone was upgraded from Category 2 to 3 on Sunday evening and is expected to make landfall between Geraldton and Kalbarri, on the state's mid-north coast, between 4 and 11pm local time.