Monday, 14 October 2013
Northwest communities urged to prepare for cyclone and flood season
The Bureau of Meteorology has issued its tropical cyclone seasonal outlook today. Today also marks the first day in the Bureau and DFES's tour of Western Australia's northwest to promote cyclone and flood awareness, and preparation initiatives for the coming wet season.
Bureau of Meteorology acting Regional Manager for Severe Weather Services in WA, Greg Browning, said with the wet season rapidly approaching, it is important that residents start preparations immediately.
"Every wet season brings the risk of flooding rains and wind damage, no matter what the cyclone outlook. People in the northwest, especially those who live between Broome and Exmouth, are exposed to the highest tropical cyclone risk in Australia."
"On average we see two cyclone impacts in WA each year. Although we are forecasting the number of cyclones to be close to average, no one can say if this is going to be the season when your community cops a big hit. So if you live in the northwest you need to make sure you're ready by the start of the season on November 1," said Mr Browning.
The message from the Bureau of Meteorology is supported by the Department of Fire and Emergency Service's Country Assistant Commissioner, Chris Arnol. "If you live in the State's northwest it is your responsibility to plan and prepare for the upcoming cyclone and flood season." Mr Arnol added, "Preparations can be as simple as securing loose items around the home, trimming trees and preparing an emergency kit that includes a portable battery-operated radio."
Summary of the tropical cyclone seasonal outlook for Western Australia:
- A 55% chance of an above average number (45% chance of a below average number) of tropical cyclones in waters off the northwest coast (average number is five).
- Likelihood of around two coastal impacts.
- Significant risk of at least one severe tropical cyclone coastal impact during the season.
Links to further information:
To view the Bureau's 2013/14Tropical Cyclone Seasonal Outlook go to:
For current warnings and further information on tropical cyclones go to:
Information on preparing for cyclones is available from the Department of Fire and Emergency Services, Western Australia:
Further enquires to: Severe Weather Section
Ph. (08) 9263 2222; email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Severe Weather Section, Bureau of Meteorology, Perth.