/ 12 April 2021

Cyclone Seroja makes landfall in Western Oz

Some cyclones take their time – and then there’s Tropical Cyclone Seroja that raced towards Western Australia’s mid-west coast yesterday… Seroja crossed the coast at 8pm last night local time at Kalbarri as a Category 3 storm with wind speeds of 170km/hour recorded and heavy rain. Three hours later, it was downgraded to a Category 2 storm as it moved inland, heading southeast past Geraldton, where 120km/hour winds were recorded. We’ll find out this morning the extent of the damage so far, but there are reports of homes being damaged. Wheat Belt communities are expected to bear the brunt of Seroja this morning with high winds and heavy rains, and there are storm warnings issued for the region. Premier Mark McGowan yesterday said Seroja would be “like nothing we have seen in decades”.

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