Cyclone Seroja: Fast-moving cyclone lashes Western Australia

Joanna Estrada
April 13, 2021

The clean-up has begun on Western Australia's mid-west coast after Tropical Cyclone Seroja tore through the region overnight, causing widespread damage.

The storm was downgraded from a category three storm to a category two after it had made landfall, which means that the storm moved over land after being over water.

Premier Mark McGowan on Monday said up to 70 per cent of properties in Kalbarri had some damage.

Emergency services commissioner Darren Klemm said about 30% of the damage was "significant".

Several towns in the areas that Cyclone Seroja has hit and could still hit have been placed on red alert and residents have been advised to take shelter.

Sewerage and telephone infrastructure in Kalbarri has also been damaged.

Evacuation centres were opened in Port Denison, Carnarvon and Denham.

Food, clothing and personal items are being provided.

The 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 cancelled.

Prime minister Scott Morrison said in a Facebook post that the situation in western Australia remains "very serious" and the full extent of the impact is still not known.

"These communities need assistance now and we are acting immediately".

Power was cut for tens of thousands of people, and locals reported smashed houses, fallen trees and downed power lines.

"This is a rare weather event for people in southern and eastern parts of Western Australia".

"I've never experienced anything in my life like we experienced last night", resident and caravan park manager Debbie Major told ABC TV. "Half of it has been flattened".

The combined state and federal disaster relief is expected to exceed the $1million spent on the Woorooloo bushfires which destroyed 86 homes northeast of Perth in February.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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