Campers and caravanners on alert as deadly cyclone draws closer


An urgent warning has been issued to holidaymakers camping or traveling by caravan in northern Western Australia as a tropical cyclone looms.

Tropical Cyclone Seroja is heading southwest at 23 km / h and was 525 kilometers northwest of Exmouth by early Friday morning.

It is expected to make landfall between Carnarvon and Jurien Bay late Sunday or early Monday.

A cyclone alert has been issued by the Department of Fire and Emergency Services for an area stretching from Onslow to Jurien Bay in the Pilbara, Gascoyne and Mid West regions of the state.

Acting DFES Commissioner Craig Waters said there were plenty of vacationers in the area, many of whom would never have experienced a cyclone before.

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“Recent rains and floods have already hit the northern half of WA during the current hurricane season,” he said Thursday.

“If you are in a tent or a trailer, you are just not protected from the destructive winds that can hit the area.

“Some roads in the area are still undergoing maintenance to repair damage from recent flooding and Tropical Cyclone Seroja has the potential to cause further damage, leaving roads inaccessible for days or more. .

DFES urges travelers to reconsider their plans and keep abreast of the latest emergency information.

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“The size of this potential impact area is another reason to be prepared, as you may have to travel some distance before you are out of danger,” Waters said.

Seroja has already wreaked deadly havoc in eastern Indonesia and East Timor. Floods and landslides caused by heavy rains triggered by the cyclone killed nearly 200 people in both countries over the weekend.

The death toll from landslides in eastern Indonesia has risen to 119 with scores still missing, as rain continues to pound the region and hamper searches.

Meanwhile, a distinct tropical low south of Christmas Island could develop cyclonic intensity in the coming days as it moves east.

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The Bureau of Meteorology said it was possible for the two systems to revolve around each other when they get close enough, an interaction known as the Fujiwhara effect.

Seroja is expected to bring dangerous weather conditions to the west coast on Sunday or Monday.

“This is a rare event for residents of the west coast of Western Australia with potential impacts in the area between Coral Bay and Jurien Bay, including Carnarvon, Denham, Kalbarri and Geraldton,” said office.

-with AAP


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