Cyclone all clear with caution for Lancelin, Jurien Bay

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At this stage roads including Brand Hwy from Dewar Rd to Geraldton, Indian Ocean Dr from Lancelin Rd to Brand Hwy and Great Northern Hwy from Muchea to Mount Magnet remain closed. File picture

 

THERE is a cyclone all clear with caution for the areas south of Carnarvon to Lancelin, including the Shires of Shark Bay, Chapman Valley, Morawa, City of Greater Geraldton, Mingenew, Three Springs, Perenjori, Irwin and the townsites of Denham, Coorow, Carnamah, Moora, Paynes Find, Jurien Bay, Lancelin, Wongan Hills and Dalwallinu in the Goldfields Midlands.

But a red alert is still in place for Kalbarri and Northampton where there has been extensive damage.

At this stage roads such as Brand Hwy from Dewar Rd to Geraldton, Indian Ocean Dr from Lancelin Rd to Brand Hwy and Great Northern Hwy from Muchea to Mount Magnet remain closed.

Main Roads WA media manager Dean Roberts said there was no news yet on when the roads would be able to be re-opened.

 The following alert was issued by the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) at 9.05am.

This is an emergency broadcast. It is essential that the words are not changed.

There is a red alert still in place for the townsites of Kalbarri and Northampton. Crews are assessing the damaged areas and it is not yet safe to go outdoors. Please stay indoors until the All Clear is given. There is still a severe weather warning current for some areas. Please refer to the Severe weather warning on Emergency WA for more information.

For COVID-19 related information refer to the COVID-19 section below.

Time of issue: 09:05 AM
Date of issue: 12 April 2021

Cyclone RED ALERT for the townsites of Kalbarri and Northampton in the Midwest Gascoyne.

COMMUNITY ALERT LEVEL:

A RED ALERT is current for the townsites of Kalbarri and Northampton in the Midwest Gascoyne.
There is still a threat to lives and homes. DFES is conducting assessments on the ground to identify hazards to ensure the safety of the community.

WHAT TO DO:
DFES advises:

  • Stay inside and shelter in the strongest, safest part of your house or evacuation centre.
  • Keep your emergency kit with you.
  • Stay away from doors and windows, and keep them closed.
  • Stay indoors until the ALL CLEAR is given by authorities.

Cyclone ALL CLEAR WITH CAUTION for the areas south of Carnarvon to Lancelin, including the Shires of Shark Bay, Chapman Valley, Morawa, City of Greater Geraldton, Mingenew, Three Springs, Perenjori, Irwin and the townsites of Denham, Coorow, Carnamah, Moora, Paynes Find, Jurien Bay, Lancelin, Wongan Hills and Dalwallinu in the Goldfields Midlands

COMMUNITY ALERT LEVEL:

An ALL CLEAR WITH CAUTION is current for the areas south of Carnarvon to Lancelin including the Shires of Shark Bay, Chapman Valley, Morawa, City of Greater Geraldton, Mingenew, Three Springs, Perenjori, Irwin and the townsites of Denham, Coorow, Carnamah, Moora, Paynes find, Jurien Bay, Lancelin, Wongan Hills and Dalwallinu. The cyclone is no longer a threat in this area. The threat has passed but take care to avoid the dangers caused by damage.

The townsites of Kalbarri and Northampton remain on RED ALERT.

WHAT TO DO:
DFES advises:

If returning to a damaged property:

  • Take care on the roads, obey road closure signs and do not drive into water of unknown depth and current.
  • Drive slowly and be aware of emergency services personnel who are still working in the area.
  • Be careful of fallen powerlines and trees, broken water and sewerage pipes, loose roof sheeting and other material.
  • Do not walk, swim or play in floodwaters as they are dangerous.
  • Protect your feet with closed shoes.
  • Stack loose material clear of water meters, valves and powerlines.
  • Keep electricity and all electrical and gas appliances turned off until checked by a qualified tradesperson.
  • Never use matches, cigarette lighters or naked flames when entering a building as there may be a gas leak.
  • Take photographs for insurance purposes and contact your insurance company.

CYCLONE DETAILS:
As at 12 April 2021 08:48 AM the Bureau of Meteorology advised:

Ex-tropical cyclone Seroja has weakened into a tropical low.

Intensity: Tropical Low, sustained winds near the centre of 55 kilometres per hour with wind gusts to 95 kilometres per hour.

Location: within 55 kilometres of 32.6 degrees South 120.2 degrees East, estimated to be 155 kilometres west southwest of Norseman and 210 kilometres northwest of Esperance.

Movement: southeast at 60 kilometres per hour.

Ex-tropical cyclone Seroja has weakened below cyclone strength as it moves rapidly  southeast towards the Esperance coast. The system will move offshore by the afternoon. Please note TC Advices will continue until DFES has given the all clear for all locations. A Severe Weather Warning is current at http://www.bom.gov.au/products/IDW21037.shtml

Hazards: Ex-Seroja is no longer producing sustained gales, however periods of heavy rain and damaging wind gusts are still possible to the east of the track as it moves towards the Esperance coast. A Severe Weather Warning is current for these areas. Even though the system has crossed the coast, abnormally high tides could still cause minor flooding at the coast between Cape Cuvier and Jurien Bay. The threat of serious flooding has passed.

COVID-19:
What to do if you are self-isolating or quarantining due to COVID-19:

  • If you are in an area subject to COVID-19 lockdown restrictions, put your cyclone plan into action now and continue to follow precautions to minimise spread of the virus.
  • If you have been personally directed to self-isolate or quarantine due to COVID-19:
  • Decide where you will shelter during the cyclone. If it is not safe to shelter in your current location, find alternative suitable premises and wear a mask.
  • If a Red Alert has been issued for your location, shelter in place immediately.
  • If you are unable to return to your quarantine location within one hour, telephone WA Police on 131 444 to advise them you have had to leave due to an emergency.
  • Regardless of your location, continue to follow COVID-19 precautions and maintain appropriate physical distancing.

ROAD CLOSURES AND CONDITIONS:

The following roads are closed:

  • Great Eastern Highway from Tammin to Coolgardie
  • Bindoon-Moora from Bindoon to Moora
  • Shark Bay Road from North West Coastal Highway to Denham
  • Monkey Mia Road from Denham to Monkey Mia
  • North West Coastal Highway from Carnarvon to Geraldton
  • Brand Highway from Dewar Road to Geraldton
  • Midlands Road from Moora to Brand Highway
  • Indian Ocean Drive from Lancelin Road to Brand Highway
  • Geraldton-Mt Magnet Road from Mount Magnet to Geraldton
  • Great Northern Highway from Muchea to Mount Magnet

Never drive into water of unknown depth and current.

Road information may also be available from Main Roads WA by visiting travelmap.mainroads.wa.gov.au, calling 138 138 or by contacting your Local Government Authority.

SAFER PLACE:

  • If you are not under Red Alert, your safest option may be to visit family or friends who live away from the area.
  • The Department of Communities has set up three evacuation centres. These include the Irwin Recreation Centre, 1 Ridley Street, Port Denison. Another at the Carnarvon Civic Centre, Camel Lane, Carnarvon and also Shark Bay Recreation Centre located on Francis Road, Denham.
  • People who are self-isolating or quarantining due to COVID-19 should find alternative suitable premises and wear a mask.
  • If this is not possible, proceed to the evacuation centre and identify yourself to centre staff immediately on arrival.
  • Continue to follow COVID-19 precautions and maintain appropriate physical distancing.
  • Please take any essential items such as medications and identification to the evacuation centre.
  • Pets (except recognised assistance animals) are not allowed inside evacuation centres for health and safety reasons, so you should make alternative arrangements for them.

POWER:

  • There are more than 15,000 properties without power due to Ex Tropical Cyclone Seroja. Please refer to the Western Power outages page for more information.
  • Western Power crews are prepared for Ex Tropical Cyclone Seroja to cross the WA coast. Western Power’s Operational team has done significant work ahead of the Cyclone to ensure power can be restored as soon as possible, including sending extra generators and crews to Geraldton.
  • Be safe – if you see a downed powerline or damaged electrical assets stay at least 8 meters clear and call 13 13 51 to report the hazard to Western Power.
  • Once a Red Alert has been issued, Western Power crews are unable to carry out any repair work and must shelter in doors. Once this alert has been lifted and is safe, Western Power will start assessing damage and responding to hazards.
  • Our top priority will be to make hazards safe, then commence restoration work as quickly as possible.

PHONE:

Landline phones and mobile networks in the area have been disrupted due to damage. Crews will work to restore services as soon as it is safe to do so.

Affected customers should call your service provider for help.

REGISTER.FIND.REUNITE:

If you are relocating due to the cyclone, or have sheltered at an evacuation centre, register your whereabouts with Register.Find.Reunite. at https://register.redcross.org.au/ to let your loved ones know you’re safe.

If you are trying to locate loved ones in the area, enquire online with Register.Find.Reunite. at https://register.redcross.org.au/

Emergency assistance may be available for individuals or families to alleviate the personal hardship or distress arising as a direct result of Tropical Cyclone Seroja.

If you require assistance or further information phone the Department of Communities’ Disaster Response Hotline on 1800 032 965.

ANIMAL WELFARE AND PARK CLOSURES :

ANIMAL WELFARE

Red Alert

  • If you have welfare concerns for your animals, inform your Local Government Authority at the first opportunity.

PARK CLOSURES:

There are multiple park closures in the warning area. Visit www.emergency.wa.gov.au for more information.

WHAT EMERGENCY SERVICES ARE DOING:

  • DFES is monitoring the situation.
  • Emergency services have answered more than 181 calls for help since overnight.
  • The majority of the calls have come from Kalbarri.
  • The number of calls for help are likely to increase as the cyclone passes through.
  • SES Volunteers respond on a priority basis and people are asked to remain patient.
  • Emergency services personnel are currently assessing damage caused by Ex Tropical Cyclone Seroja.
  • The Incident Management Team are planning for all contingencies post impact of Ex Tropical Cyclone Seroja, to ensure the safety of the community.
  • State Emergency Service (SES) Volunteers from Geraldton/Greenough, Kalbarri, Shark Bay and Carnarvon are assisting with operations and responding as requested.

IMPORTANT NUMBERS:

  • For SES assistance call 132 500
  • In a life threatening situation call 000
  • For the latest weather information call 1300 659 210 or visit www.bom.gov.au
  • For information about road conditions and closures contact local Police or Main Roads WA on 138 138.

KEEP UP TO DATE:

Visit www.emergency.wa.gov.au, call 13 DFES (13 3337), follow DFES on Twitter: twitter.com/dfes_wa, Facebook: facebook.com/dfeswa/, listen to ABC Local Radio, or news bulletins.

During a power outage, your home phone, computer or other electronic devices connected to the NBN will not work. Include a battery powered radio in your emergency kit.

Access local ABC radio on the following frequencies:

  • Dalwallinu 531
  • Geraldton 828
  • Kalbarri 106.1 FM
  • Mt Magnet 105.7

Updates will be provided when the situation changes