Two hits

BOM re­leases cy­clone out­look

Pilbara News - - Front Page - Rob Dougherty

The North West can ex­pect at least two cy­clones to cross the WA coast from Novem­ber 1 to April 30, ac­cord­ing to the Bureau of Me­te­o­rol­ogy’s Trop­i­cal Cy­clone Sea­sonal Out­look.

BOM said the trop­i­cal cy­clone sea­son was pre­dicted to be more ac­tive than pre­vi­ous years with the like­li­hood of around two coastal im­pacts and a sig­nif­i­cant risk of at least one se­vere trop­i­cal cy­clone reach­ing land.

Act­ing re­gional di­rec­tor for Western Aus­tralia Gra­hame Reader said it was im­por­tant res­i­dents were not com­pla­cent ahead of the start of the sea­son on Novem­ber 1.

“Over the past five years the num­ber of sig­nif­i­cant cy­clone and flood im­pacts has been well be­low av­er­age, and the 2015-16 sea­son was a very quiet one, with only Trop­i­cal Cy­clone Stan im­pact­ing the WA coast at the end of Jan­uary 2016,” he said.

“If just one cy­clone im­pacts a com­mu­nity with de­struc­tive winds or flood­ing, then that will be a bad sea­son for that com­mu­nity.”

The bureau forecast a 63 per cent chance of more than five trop­i­cal cy­clones off the North West coast but they are all pre­dicted to re­main at sea.

Depart­ment of Fire and Emer­gency Services coun­try as­sis­tant com­mis­sioner Gra­ham Swift said res­i­dents should be pre­pared by se­cur­ing out­door items, main­tain­ing an emer­gency kit and pay­ing at­ten­tion to com­mu­nity warn­ings.

“Just be­cause you haven’t been im­pacted by a dev­as­tat­ing cy­clone pre­vi­ously, doesn’t mean it couldn’t hap­pen to you this year — all it takes is one cy­clone to change your life,” he said.

Hig­gins Storm Chas­ing, a Queens­land storm-chas­ing or­gan­i­sa­tion has also pre­dicted six cy­clones will form off the North West coast this sea­son, in­clud­ing three se­vere cy­clones (cat­e­gory 3+).

The trop­i­cal cy­clone sea­sons runs from Novem­ber 1 to April 30.

Lo­cal gov­ern­ments across the Pil­bara have be­gun their pre­cy­clone sea­son clean-ups.

Ty­ron Carl­ton, 1, Chad Win­ton, 11 and Lataih Ward, 4, make the most of the rain as­so­ci­ated with trop­i­cal cy­clone Stan in Kar­ratha in Jan­uary.

Pic­tures: Tom Zaun­mayr

More rain is pre­dicted this sea­son.

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