Time of issue: 03:51 PM
Date of issue: 12 April 2021
Cyclone RED ALERT for the townsite of Northampton in the Midwest Gascoyne.
There is a Red Alert still in place for the townsite of 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. The QEII Seniors & Community Evacuation Centre (88 Durlacher Street, Geraldton) will open from 5pm.
ROAD CLOSURES AND CONDITIONS
The following roads are closed:
- Shark Bay Road from North West Coastal Highway to Denham
- North West Coastal Highway from Carnarvon to Geraldton
- Midlands Road from Moora to Brand Highway
- Geraldton-Mt Magnet Road from Mount Magnet to Geraldton
- Great Northern Highway from Wubin to Mount Magnet
The following roads have reopened:
- Great Eastern Highway from Tammin to Coolgardie
- Bindoon-Moora from Bindoon to Moora
- Great Northern Highway from Muchea to Wubin
- Monkey Mia Road from Denham to Monkey Mia
- Brand Highway from Dewar Road to Geraldton
- Indian Ocean Drive from Lancelin Road to Brand Highway
TWO EVACUATION CENTRES ARE IN OPERATION, AND A THIRD WILL OPEN SHORTLY:
- Shark Bay at the Shark Bay Recreation Centre on Francis Rd, Denham.
- Dongara at the Irwin Recreation Centre on Ridley Street, Port Dennison.
- Geraldton at the QEII Seniors & Community Centre at 88 Durlacher Street, Geraldton (Opens 5pm today)
PLEASE REFER TO THE WESTERN POWER OUTAGES PAGE FOR MORE INFORMATION
There are approximately 31,500 properties without power including Geraldton, Kalbarri, Northampton, Dongara, Port Denison and Mullewa.
- Western Power operational teams are on standby ready to patrol and assess damage to the network after Tropical Cyclone Seroja crossed the Mid West coast near Kalbarri last night.
- Power cannot be restored until crews have been able to patrol and inspect damage, which will only be after DFES advises it’s safe to do so.
- Be safe – if you see a downed powerline or damaged electrical assets stay at least 8 metres clear and call 13 13 51 to report the hazard to Western Power.
- Our top priority will be to make hazards safe, then commence restoration work as quickly as possible.
WHAT EMERGENCY SERVICES ARE DOING:
- DFES is monitoring the situation.
- Emergency services have answered more than 271 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.
- 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:
- 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.
ACCESS LOCAL ABC RADIO ON THE FOLLOWING FREQUENCIES:
- Dalwallinu 531
- Geraldton 828
- Kalbarri 106.1 FM
- Mt Magnet 105.7
The below links and info taken from WA Today’s CYCLONE SEROJA LIVE UPDATES
PM Scott Morrison quote – “The Commonwealth Disaster Response Plan has been activated, and we stand ready to provide whatever support is needed in the recovery ahead.”
A Disaster Response Hotline has been activated. It is 1800 032 965.
Carnarvon local Bill Kent’s drone footage of One Mile Jetty damage https://www.watoday.com.au/national/western-australia/live-homes-smashed-as-wa-s-north-wakes-up-to-path-of-destruction-left-by-cyclone-seroja-20210411-p57ibr.html?post=p523bo#p523bo