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Cyclone Seroja makes landfall in Western Australia

Tropical cyclone storm Seroja has stretched across 1,000km in Western Australia. This cyclone left a trail of damage. However, the category three storm created a landfall near the town of Kalbarri on Sunday which impacted 170km/h.

Notably, the storm was downgraded to a tropical low and these strong winds continue to move the south-east. Well, the resident reported smashed houses as well as the fallen trees and downed power lines.

Debbie Major, a Kalbarri resident mentioned that the storm hit the resorted town around 19:00 local time which is raged through the night and was “absolutely terrifying”.

She mentioned Australian Broadcasting Corporation, “You just thought, this is it. I would have thought that when we opened the door, that there would be nothing around us except that roof. “We are a small town. Half of it has been flattened.”

Weather authorities mentioned the Cyclone Seroja has also sustained “uncommon” pace and strength overnight. Moreover, it moved from the Kalbarri and Geraldton on the coast and inland across the state’s Wheat Belt.

Notably, the Bureau of Meteorology mentioned that as the storm had weakened, it started damaging which were still expected on Monday with the highest winds of 110km/h.

Well, several towns in the state of the South-east remained under the “red alert,” which means the authorities advise residents to take the shelter.

On Monday morning, emergency services agencies mentioned that it remained too early for assessing the extent of the damage.

In the past 24 hours, they had field around 175 calls for help. Well, the Department of Fire and Emergency Services spokeswoman told the news report. There are thousands of homes that are mentioned without power.

Kalbarri resident mentioned that the West Australian newspaper that he was forced to hide in a pantry with his pregnant wife and their dog.

Jason Regan mentioned, “I heard a few windows smash and some loud bangs. I went upstairs to check and felt that it was raining. I didn’t look up but I am guessing I have lost some of my roof.”

Before the storm hits the state Premier Mark McGowan has now warned that the cyclone was “Like nothing we have seen before in decades.”

Well, the Resident in the affected area north of Perth had been urged to evacuate as the cyclone has accelerated towards the shore.

However, the emergency services opened shelters ahead of the storm’s arrival. In the last month, the eastern part of Australia was evacuated as the dams and rivers were overflowing in the worst floods in decades with almost 18,000 people displaced. 

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