Experiencing a cyclone can be frightening and traumatic.
A cyclone is a low pressure system that forms over warm tropical waters, characterised by wind gusts of up to 280 kilometres per hour around a calm centre.
These strong winds can cause injury, loss of life, major structural damage to communities, disruption of utility and telecommunication services, and turn debris into dangerous missiles.
In Western Australia (WA) cyclone season starts in November and continues through to April. During this time coastal regions of WA are at risk of being impacted by cyclones.
Cyclone activity produces strong onshore winds and flooding rains increasing the threat of storm surge. This is a rapid rise in sea level that accompanies a cyclone as it moves ashore.
People can drown or be fatally injured during or after a cyclone by collapsing buildings and moving debris during severe winds.