Residents of the Midwestern part of Western Australia were told to evacuate while their prime minister described it as a cyclone “like never seen decades ago.”
Tropical Cyclone Seroha began to cross the coast between Calvary and Gregory as a Category 3 system on Sunday night, the Meteorological Department said.
Calvary recorded a gust of 170 km / h at 7:03 pm (local time), and it rained 111 mm from 9 am.
There is a “red warning” requesting an 800km coastline from south of Carnarvon to Lancelin.
The communities included in this zone are Geraldton, Carnamah, Coorow, Chapman Valley, Danda Lagan, Irwin, Mingeneu, Morawa, Northampton, Perenjori, Shark Bay and Three Springs.
“You are at risk and need to act immediately,” said Mark Magawan, Premier of Western Australia, on Sunday afternoon.
“This is a huge storm that poses a very serious threat. Life and home are under threat.”
People in the Red Alert Area must be at home or in shelters.
Shelters are located in Port Denison, Carnarvon and Denham.
Tropical Cyclone Seroha will continue to affect the region until midnight, and communities are expected to experience the worst weather in about three hours, Meteorological Department James Ashby said on Sunday.
Residents of Denam and Kalbarri are likely to experience strong and devastating winds, and Geraldton can also be affected if Seroha follows the south.
Abnormal high tides, heavy to heavy rainfall, flash floods, dangerous waves, and coastal erosion are dangerous.
Gusts and heavy rains can be as southeast as Esperance, Ashby said.
WA Country Health Service said Geraldton Hospital will continue to treat emergency patients during the cyclone, but all other appointments have been or will be canceled.
The Meteorological Department has issued flood warnings for Wulamel, Murchison, Greenough, Lake Yarayara, Moore, Hill, and parts of the Salt Lake area and the Avon River catchment area.
Bad weather warnings were also issued on Monday in parts of the Greater Perth, Gold Fields-Midland, Great Southern and Midwest-Gascoigne regions.
“If you live on the southeast coast and in parts of the Gold Fields, Eucla, Great Southern and Central Wheatbelt districts, you need to be ready for tomorrow’s stormy weather right now,” the emergency alert said.
“This is a rare weather event for people in the south and east of Western Australia.”