Ap­peal for cy­clone vig­i­lance

Pilbara News - - Front Page - Tom Zaun­mayr

Pil­bara res­i­dents are be­ing urged to put com­pla­cency aside as the re­gion gears up for what is pre­dicted to be an av­er­age wet sea­son.

The Bureau of Me­te­o­rol­ogy has fore­cast about five cy­clones will form off the North West coast dur­ing the 2017-18 wet sea­son, two of which are pre­dicted to make land­fall.

BoM WA act­ing State man­ager Gra­hame Reader said cy­clones were not the only weather-re­lated dan­ger present be­tween Novem­ber and April.

“Al­though the num­ber of trop­i­cal cy­clones off North West WA last sea­son was about av­er­age. . . there were also nu­mer­ous trop­i­cal lows which pro­duced wide­spread flood­ing and squally winds across north­ern WA,” he said.

“Weather haz­ards as­so­ci­ated with cy­clones can in­clude storm surge flood­ing, de­struc­tive winds, in­land flood­ing from heavy rain­fall and high seas and swells.

“Trop­i­cal lows can also pro­duce heavy rain­fall, in­land flood­ing and squally winds.”

Mr Reader said the num­ber of trop­i­cal cy­clones fore­cast was not a good in­di­ca­tor of the po­ten­tial threat to com­mu­ni­ties.

Fire and Emer­gency Ser­vices Com­mis­sioner Darren Klemm said the loss of lives last wet sea­son should not be for­got­ten.

“Com­pla­cency can lead to de­struc­tion that is not only dis­tress­ing and ex­pen­sive, it can sadly be deadly,” he said.

Mr Klemm said res­i­dents in the North West should start se­cur­ing out­door items such as boats or trail­ers, and pre­pare an emer­gency kit now, in­stead of wait­ing un­til it was too late.

The 2016-17 wet sea­son broke a half-decade run of un­der­whelm­ing rain­fall fig­ures across much of the Pil­bara, though the North West Cape missed out on a del­uge.

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