Tropical Cyclone Seroja Weakens After Damaging Western Australian Coast

Tropical cyclone Seroja has slammed the coast of Western Australia, leaving a trail of damage and power outages in several towns on April 11.

The category three storm made landfall at the south of the Kalbarri town with gusts of winds of up to 170 kilometer per hour. It then downgraded into a category two system as it moved towards the town of Dalwallinu.

Seroja further weakened into a tropical low as it continued to move southeast with strong winds of up to 100 kilometer per hour.

Although the Bureau of Meteorology said that the storm had weakened, strong winds of up to 110 kilometers per hour were still expected on April 12.

The bureau also said that Seroja sustained “uncommon” pace and strength overnight.

According to the Department of Fire and Emergency Services, they had received 175 calls for help in the last 24 hours, a DFES spokesperson told BBC News, with the majority of them coming from Kalbarri, the hardest-hit town.

Affected areas remain under red alert, DFES Commissioner Darren Klemm told local TV network 9News.

“We are asking people in those communities to stay in their homes until we give the all clear to go out,” Klemm said.

“As you can imagine we have powerlines down and significant road damage through trees falling over and the like,” Klemm also said.

Networks corporation Western Power reported that over 15,000 homes had lost power due to the storm.

“Once the red alert is lifted and it’s safe, our crews will start assessing damage and responding to hazards,” Western Power’s Asset Operations Manager Zane Christmas said.

“Our top priority will be to make hazards safe, then commence restoration work as quickly as possible,” Christmas also said

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