Res­i­dents get warn­ing on wild weather sea­son

Pilbara News - - News - Sophia Con­stan­tine

De­spite last week’s fizzer, cy­clone ex­perts are warn­ing Pil­bara res­i­dents not to get com­pla­cent be­cause the sea­son is still set to be “above average” for wild weather.

Kar­ratha re­ceived 130.4mm of rain­fall last month, the largest amount for the past three years and well above the town’s mean of 47.2mm over the three years since 2014.

Port Hed­land recorded 92mm of rain last month, well above the 11.6mm for Jan­uary 2016, and only 20mm short of the bumper wet sea­son to­tal in Jan­uary 2014. Bureau of Me­te­o­rol­ogy spokesman Neil Ben­nett said weather fore­cast­ers were still ex­pect­ing the sea­son to be above average from the pe­riod of Jan­uary to March.

“It has cer­tainly been a very wet sea­son in the North­ern Kim­ber­ley,” he said.

“It is fairly safe to say it is likely (the sea­son) will be average or above for many parts”

Ac­cord­ing to the bureau, the average rain­fall record for Fe­bru­ary to April for Kar­ratha is 106mm and Port Hed­land is 156mm in the same pe­riod.

Last week, ar­eas in the North West in­clud­ing Kar­ratha and Port Hed­land went into blue alert as weather fore­cast­ers monitored a trop­i­cal low off the the WA coast.

Roe­bourne and Onslow po­lice said res­i­dents had gen­er­ally be­haved well in the alert pe­riod in the wind and rain.

“Peo­ple were pretty good on the roads; they didn’t go fly­ing through the wa­ter or do their ve­hi­cles any dam­age,” Onslow po­lice of­fi­cer-in-charge Sergeant Kevin Jones said.

“We had a bit of rain over the week­end, but noth­ing to cre­ate any prob­lems and we haven’t had any flood fall-outs.”

The De­part­ment of Fire and Emer­gency ser­vices lifted the alert on Sun­day .

DFES Pil­bara district of­fi­cer Paul Leiper said res­i­dents acted re­spon­si­bly and the ser­vice had re­ceived min­i­mal re­quests of aid from the com­mu­nity.

How­ever, he said they had re­ceived two sep­a­rate re­quests from in­ci­dents in the same lo­ca­tion at the De Grey river catch­ment the pre­vi­ous week.

He said one in­ci­dent in­volved a fam­ily of three who be­came bogged af­ter camp­ing at the De Grey River overnight and the other in­volved a male on his own who be­came bogged.

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