Australia McGowan to inspect WA cyclone damage
WA warned brewing cyclone heading south
Residents in Western Australia's north have been warned Tropical Cyclone Seroja is intensifying and may impact the Pilbara coast in the coming days.Tropical Cyclone Seroja formed early on Monday morning about 590 km northwest of Kalumburu in the Kimberley region, the Bureau of Meteorology says.
Western Australia's premier is set to inspect the damage inflicted by Tropical Cyclone Seroja amid fears hundreds of properties could be lost.
No deaths or major injuries have been recorded as a result of the cyclone which tore across WA's mid-west coast on Sunday night.
Much of the carnage was concentrated in popular tourist spot Kalbarri, 580km north of Perth and home to about 1400 people.
Premier Mark McGowan will on Tuesday visit Kalbarri, where up to 70 per cent of properties are thought to have been damaged.
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Parts of Australia are set to shiver through icy temperatures and wet weather in the coming days as a 'polar blast' of Antarctic air sweeps across the nation's south.Cold fronts are forecast to hit southern and central parts of the country over the weekend, causing temperatures to plunge so low on Sunday some areas could see hail or snow.
About 40 per cent of those properties are believed to have sustained major damage including total loss.
"This has been a pretty dramatic and devastating event for many families and many people in the community and it'll be ongoing now for some weeks, potentially months," Mr McGowan said.
"I just urge everyone to be patient and be understanding."
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Seroja made landfall south of Kalbarri about 8pm on Sunday as a category three storm with wind gusts up to 170km/h.
It has since been downgraded to a tropical low and has moved offshore from WA's south coast.
A red alert was lifted for Kalbarri but remained in place on Monday evening in nearby Northampton, where residents were urged to stay home.
Tropical Cyclone Seroja looms off WA north
West Australian authorities are worried about the threat to travellers in the state's north as Tropical Cyclone Seroja looms.An urgent warning has been issued to holidaymakers camping or travelling in caravans in Western Australia's north as a tropical cyclone looms.
Crews were working to restore power to more than 30,000 homes across the region.
"Power returning may be a matter of days, not hours, given the significant damage to infrastructure across a very wide area," the premier said.
Evacuation centres have opened in Shark Bay, Dongara and Geraldton and army reservists are assisting State Emergency Service volunteers.
The Australian Defence Force will provide a C-130J Hercules aircraft for medical evacuations and to transport emergency workers and supplies.
Mr McGowan said he had been in touch with Prime Minister Scott Morrison and a disaster relief fund would be activated.
The combined state and federal disaster relief is expected to exceed the $18 million spent on the Wooroloo bushfires which destroyed 86 homes northeast of Perth in February.
Cyclone tears off roofs and cuts power to thousands in Western Australia .
A cyclone cut power to tens of thousands of people overnight and destroyed several homes on Australia's west coast.Tropical cyclone Seroja damaged 70% of buildings in the coastal town of Kalbarri, the worst hit area, about 310 miles north of Perth, officials said.