Weather Update 11 April at 7.14pm CYCOLONE UPDATE

Published on Sunday, 11 April 2021 at 8:37:00 PM

Cyclone Red Alert - Midwest-Gascoyne

The following alert has been issued by the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES)

Please note updates to Cyclone Details.

For COVID-19 related information refer to the COVID-19 section below.


Time of issue: 07:14 PM
Date of issue: 11 April 2021


Cyclone RED ALERT for south of Carnarvon to Lancelin, including the City of Greater Geraldton and the Shires of Carnamah, Coorow, Chapman Valley, Dandaragan, Dalwallinu, Irwin, Mingenew, Morawa, Northampton, Perenjori, Shark Bay and Three Springs in the Midwest Gascoyne

COMMUNITY ALERT LEVEL:

A RED ALERT is current for an area south of the Carnarvon townsite to Lancelin, including the City of Greater Geraldton and Shires of Carnamah, Coorow, Chapman Valley, Dalwallinu, Irwin, Mingenew, Morawa, Northampton, Perenjori, Shark Bay and Three Springs due to Tropical Cyclone Seroja.
There is a threat to lives and homes. You are in danger and need to act immediately.

WHAT TO DO:
DFES advises:

  • Stay inside and shelter in the strongest, safest part of your house or evacuation centre.
  • Keep your emergency kit with you.
  • Stay away from doors and windows, and keep them closed.
  • Stay indoors until the ALL CLEAR is given by authorities.


Cyclone YELLOW ALERT is current for people between Minilya Roadhouse to Carnarvon in the Midwest Gascoyne

COMMUNITY ALERT LEVEL:

A YELLOW ALERT is current for people between Minilya Roadhouse to Carnarvon, including Minilya Roadhouse and Carnarvon, due to Tropical Cyclone Seroja.


There is a possible threat to lives and homes as a cyclone is approaching the area.
You need to take action and get ready to shelter from a cyclone.

WHAT TO DO:

DFES advises:

  • Put your cyclone plan into action and go to your nearest evacuation centre or safer place if safe to do so.
  • Move vehicles under cover.
  • Fasten cyclone screens, board up or heavily tape exposed windows.
  • Ensure pets and animals are in a safe area.
  • Be aware that shops may now be closing.

STORM SURGE

  • Tropical Cyclone Seroja is expected to result in a significant storm surge along parts of the Shark Bay coast including parts of the Denham townsite.
  • There is a risk that properties in the low lying areas of Denham including Knight Terrace, Barnard Street, Mainland Street, Fry Court and the southern end of Stella Rowley Drive, Paget Street, Brockman Street, Denham Road and Durlacher Street could become inundated as the cyclone approaches and crosses the coast.
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  • If you live in the risk area,it is now too late to leave. 
  • Prepare an evacuation kit including medicines, clothing, important documents and pet supplies.


Cyclone BLUE ALERT for Wongan-Ballidu, Mt Marshall, Trayning, Koorda, Nungarin and Mukinbudin in the Goldfields Midlands

COMMUNITY ALERT LEVEL:

A BLUE ALERT is current for people in or near Wongan-Ballidu, Mt Marshall, Trayning, Koorda, Nungarin and Mukinbudin in the Goldfields Midlands.

Although there is no immediate danger you need to start preparing for dangerous weather and keep up to date.

WHAT TO DO:

DFES advises:

  • Get ready for dangerous weather by preparing your home inside and out.
  • Secure boats, caravans, trailers, garden sheds, outdoor furniture, rainwater tanks, LPG bottles, loose material and rubbish around your home and workplace.
  • Ensure your emergency kit and relocation kit are complete and check your family knows what to do.
  • Check in with friends and neighbours to make sure they are preparing too.
  • Holidaymakers and people travelling should avoid this area. If staying in accommodation, ensure it is safe and speak with your accommodation provider.
  • If camping in a tent or caravan, you are not safe and should seek safer accommodation or leave now.
  • If you are travelling, have a plan. Fuel may be in short supply and accommodation may not be available.
  • For anyone unfamiliar with the impacts of a cyclone, your safest option is to leave the warning area.


Cyclone ALL CLEAR advice for Coral Bay to Minilya Roadhouse in the Midwest Gascoyne

COMMUNITY ALERT LEVEL:

An ALL CLEAR advice is current for people in or near Coral Bay to Minilya Roadhouse due to Tropical Cyclone Seroja. The cyclone is no longer a threat in this area. The threat has passed but take care to avoid the dangers caused by damage.

 

WHAT TO DO:
DFES advises:

If returning to a damaged property:

  • It is now safe to return home.
  • If returning, take care on the roads, obey road closure signs and do not drive into water of unknown depth and current.
  • Drive slowly and be aware of emergency services personnel who are still working in the area.
  • Be careful of fallen powerlines and trees, broken water and sewerage pipes, loose roof sheeting and other material.
  • Do not walk, swim or play in floodwaters as they are dangerous.
  • Protect your feet with closed shoes.
  • Stack loose material clear of water meters, valves and powerlines.
  • Keep electricity and all electrical and gas appliances turned off until checked by a qualified tradesperson.
  • Never use matches, cigarette lighters or naked flames when entering a building as there may be a gas leak.
  • Take photographs for insurance purposes and contact your insurance company.


CYCLONE DETAILS:
As at 11 April 2021 06:57 PM the Bureau of Meteorology advised:

The very destructive core of Seroja is close to the coast near Kalbarri.

Intensity: Category 3, sustained winds near the centre of 120 kilometres per hour with wind gusts to 165 kilometres per hour.

Location: within 20 kilometres of 27.7 degrees South 113.8 degrees East, estimated to be 35 kilometres west of Kalbarri and 145 kilometres north northwest of Geraldton.

Movement: southeast at 49 kilometres per hour.

Severe Tropical Cyclone Seroja lies close to the WA coast near Kalbarri. It is moving rapidly towards the southeast, and is likely to cross the coast between Kalbarri and Geraldton this evening. Impacts are occurring about the coast between Denham and Geraldton, and conditions will deteriorate further during this evening. Seroja has maintained its intensity during the past few hours and a category 3 coastal impact is now more likely. Seroja is likely to be travelling at around 50 kilometres per hour as it crosses the coast. Significant impacts are expected to extend well inland from the coast through to Wheat Belt communities overnight. The cyclone will weaken as it moves inland on Monday but is still likely to result in damaging wind gusts, particularly to the north and east of the track, and heavy rain close to the track, as it moves through the eastern Wheat Belt, southern Goldfields and South East Coastal district. A Severe Weather Warning is current for areas to the southeast of the Tropical Cyclone Warning area.

Hazards:
Very destructive winds, with gusts to 170 km/h, may impact Kalbarri and nearby areas as the core of Severe Tropical Cyclone Seroja crosses the coast in the next few hours. Destructive winds with gusts to 150 kilometres per hour are expected on the coast between Denham and Geraldton, and will extend inland overnight tonight. The most likely area to experience destructive wind gusts is on the coast from Denham to Geraldton; however destructive gusts above 125 kilometres per hour may extend inland as far as a line from Dalwallinu to Paynes Find, including Morawa. Towns in this area very rarely experience wind gusts this strong. Gales with gusts to 100 kilometres per hour are occurring on the coast between Denham and Geraldton. Gales will extend south of Geraldton during the next few hours, and extend inland into the southern Gascoyne and northern Wheatbelt overnight. People near Kalbarri are currently experiencing Gales, however destructive to very destructive winds are imminent in that area. People near Geraldton may experience gales starting within the next hour, and are likely to experience a brief period of destructive winds around 9 pm. If the track shifts a little south from the current forecast, Geraldton will experience a longer period of more intense winds. Seroja will be moving fast, so weather conditions will deteriorate rapidly as it approaches. Heavy to intense rainfall and flash flooding are likely close to the track of Seroja during Sunday evening and Monday. Abnormally high tides could cause minor inundation at the coast between Coral Bay and Lancelin, increasing to serious flooding in the Denham and Shark Bay region and near Kalbarri. Dangerous surf and beach erosion is expected between Denham and Geraldton.

COVID-19:
What to do if you are self-isolating or quarantining due to COVID-19:

  • If you are in an area subject to COVID-19 lockdown restrictions, put your cyclone plan into action now and continue to follow precautions to minimise spread of the virus.\
  • If you have been personally directed to self-isolate or quarantine due to COVID-19:
  • Decide where you will shelter during the cyclone. If it is not safe to shelter in your current location, find alternative suitable premises and wear a mask.
  • If a Red Alert has been issued for your location, shelter in place immediately.
  • If you are in a storm surge risk area, find alternative suitable premises and wear a mask.
  • If you are unable to return to your quarantine location within one hour, telephone WA Police on 131 444 to advise them you have had to leave due to an emergency.
  • Regardless of your location, continue to follow COVID-19 precautions and maintain appropriate physical distancing.

ROAD CLOSURES AND CONDITIONS:

The following roads are closed:

  • Great Eastern Highway from Tammin to Coolgardie
  • Bindoon-Moora from Bindoon to Moora
  • Shark Bay Road from North West Coastal Highway to Denham 
  • Monkey Mia Road from Denham to Monkey Mia 
  • North West Coastal Highway from Carnarvon to Geraldton 
  • Brand Highway from Gingin Brook Road to Geraldton
  • Midlands Road from Moora to Brand Highway 
  • Indian Ocean Drive from Lancelin Road to Brand Highway 
  • Geraldton-Mt Magnet Road from Mount Magnet to Geraldton 
  • Great Northern Highway from Muchea to Mount Magnet

 

Never drive into water of unknown depth and current.

Road information may also be available from Main Roads WA by visiting travelmap.mainroads.wa.gov.au, calling 138 138 or by contacting your Local Government Authority.

SAFER PLACE:

  • If you are not under Red Alert, your safest option may be to visit family or friends who live away from the area.
  • The Department of Communities has set up three evacuation centres. These include the Irwin Recreation Centre, 1 Ridley Street, Port Denison. Another at the Carnarvon Civic Centre, Camel Lane, Carnarvon and also Shark Bay Recreation Centre located on Francis Road, Denham.
  • People who are self-isolating or quarantining due to COVID-19 should find alternative suitable premises and wear a mask.
  • If this is not possible, proceed to the evacuation centre and identify yourself to centre staff immediately on arrival.
  • Continue to follow COVID-19 precautions and maintain appropriate physical distancing.
  • Please take any essential items such as medications and identification to the evacuation centre.
  • Pets (except recognised assistance animals) are not allowed inside evacuation centres for health and safety reasons, so you should make alternative arrangements for them.

POWER:

  • Western Power crews are prepared for Cyclone Seroja to cross the WA coast. Western Power’s Operational team has done significant work ahead of the Cyclone to ensure power can be restored as soon as possible, including sending extra generators and crews to Geraldton. 
  • If you haven’t already, and is safe to do so, please secure any loose items at your property. Furniture and other equipment can land on our network and take significant work to fix. Help us keep interruptions to a minimum and check around your property for items that may need to be secured or stored elsewhere.
  • Be safe - if you see a downed powerline or damaged electrical assets stay at least 8 meters clear and call 13 13 51 to report the hazard to Western Power.
  • Once a Red Alert has been issued, Western Power crews are unable to carry out any repair work and must shelter in doors. Once this alert has been lifted and is safe, Western Power will start assessing damage and responding to hazards.
  • Our top priority will be to make hazards safe, then commence restoration work as quickly as possible.

REGISTER.FIND.REUNITE:

If you are relocating due to the cyclone, or have sheltered at an evacuation centre, register your whereabouts with Register.Find.Reunite. at https://register.redcross.org.au/ to let your loved ones know you’re safe.  

If you are trying to locate loved ones in the area, enquire online with Register.Find.Reunite. at https://register.redcross.org.au/

ANIMAL WELFARE AND PARK CLOSURES :

ANIMAL WELFARE

Red Alert

  • If you have welfare concerns for your animals, inform your Local Government Authority at the first opportunity.

Yellow Alert

  • Companion animals (pets) should be placed in safe, secure and sheltered area with access to food and water.
  • For larger animals, where possible, ensure they are under solid shelter and on a high area away from water sources and plains likely to flood.
  • Provide food and water in an area least likely to flood. Provide supplementary feed, such as hay, for livestock.
  • Consider opening internal property gates to allow large animals to move to dry ground.
  • Fences along roadsides should not be cut and external property gates should not be opened.
  • If you have welfare concerns for your animals, inform your Local Government Authority at the first opportunity. 

Blue Alert

  • Animal owners are encouraged to prepare an animal emergency kit now with sufficient food, water, essential medications, halters and leads, cages and bedding adequate for several days.
  • Provide food and water in an area least likely to flood. Provide supplementary feed (such as hay) for livestock.
  • For properties in danger of flooding, move all stock to the highest area of the property away from water sources and plains likely to flood. 
  • Consider raising food stores to elevated ground to prevent flood damage.
  • Consider opening internal property gates to allow animals to move to dry ground. 
  • Be aware of the risks to your animals and your property and keep yourself updated during high-risk periods. 

PARK CLOSURES:

There are multiple park closures in the warning area. Visit www.emergency.wa.gov.au for more information.

WHAT EMERGENCY SERVICES ARE DOING:

  • DFES is monitoring the situation.
  • Emergency services will have limited response capacity to respond to emergencies during Red Alert.

DFES personnel have been deployed to Geraldton in preparation for Tropical Cyclone Seroja.

    • The Incident Management Team are planning for all contingencies pre and post impact of Tropical Cyclone Seroja, to ensure the safety of the community.
    • State Emergency Service (SES) Volunteers from Geraldton/Greenough, Kalbarri, Shark Bay and Carnarvon are assisting with operations and ready to respond if requested.
    • Marine Rescue Geraldton are assisting with radio warnings.
    • Local Volunteer Fire and Rescue and Bush Fire Brigades across the Midwest Gascoyne and Pilbara are ready to respond and assist.

IMPORTANT NUMBERS:

  • For SES assistance call 132 500
  • In a life threatening situation call 000
  • For the latest weather information call 1300 659 210 or visit www.bom.gov.au
  • For information about road conditions and closures contact local Police or Main Roads WA on 138 138.


KEEP UP TO DATE:
Visit www.emergency.wa.gov.au, call 13 DFES (13 3337), follow DFES on Twitter: twitter.com/dfes_wa, Facebook: facebook.com/dfeswa/, listen to ABC Local Radio, or news bulletins.

During a power outage, your home phone, computer or other electronic devices connected to the NBN will not work. Include a battery powered radio in your emergency kit.

Updates will be provided when the situation changes

 

 

 

 

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