Emer­gency crews geared up for cy­clones

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With the 2016-17 cy­clone sea­son pre­dicted to be a big one, emer­gency ser­vices crews are gear­ing up for ac­tion and urg­ing Pil­bar­ians to get them­selves pre­pared.

The Kar­ratha State Emer­gency Ser­vice crew will be hold­ing cy­clone-ready in­for­ma­tion ses­sions at Kar­ratha City Shop­ping Cen­tre, from Novem­ber 10 to 12, out­side Kmart.

Kar­ratha SES man­ager Trevor Pat­ton said the team would be on hand to an­swer ques­tions re­gard­ing cy­clone-sea­son prepa­ra­tions.

“Its im­per­a­tive that res­i­dents across our re­gion pre­pare their prop­er­ties now in readi­ness for any po­ten­tial cy­clones this sea­son,” he said.

“We have had a few quiet years re­cently, how­ever the Aus­tralian Bureau of Me­te­o­rol­ogy is­sued its cy­clone sea­son warn­ing some weeks back pred­i­cat­ing sev­eral cy­clones for our re­gion this year.”

The BOM is pre­dict­ing a 63 per­cent chance of an above-av­er­age cy­clone sea­son for the North West, based on an av­er­age of five cy­clones. The BOM’s daily on­line cy­clone out­look ser­vice has started.

Pic­ture: Kar­ratha SES

Kar­ratha SES mem­bers con­duct some pre-sea­son chain­saw train­ing in readi­ness for this cy­clone sea­son.

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