BOM releases cyclone outlook
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.
More rain is predicted this season.