Kimberley and Pilbara urged to prepare for potential cyclone
People in the Kimberley and Pilbara are being asked to prepare their families and properties ahead of a potential tropical cyclone next week.
The Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) advises a tropical low will strengthen off the North West coast and is likely to develop into a tropical cyclone this weekend. The system could affect people in both the Pilbara and the western Kimberley and has the potential for a severe coastal impact.
DFES Kimberley District Officer Matt Reimer said the best defence against the strong wind and heavy rainfall associated with cyclones was good preparation.
“Arm yourself with vital information about what to do before, during and after a cyclone,” Mr Reimer said.
“Cyclones bring the potential for flooding, infrastructure damage and isolation so you need to have a family cyclone plan and prepare an emergency kit.
“There are a few things you can do around the house this weekend to help you get ready such as securing outdoor furniture and cleaning your yard of loose material.”
The weather system is likely to bring with it heavy rainfall and people need to be aware that river levels can rise very quickly and roads can become dangerous when waterlogged.
Mr Reimer said residents and travellers should review their travel plans for the week ahead and drive safely.
“Cyclonic weather is very unpredictable and can be very dangerous,” Mr Reimer said.
”If you are planning a trip next week, particularly to remote or isolated areas, you should review those plans and you may want to postpone them to avoid any potential dangers.
“If driving you should obey road closure signs, be extremely careful at floodways and always drive according to the weather conditions.”
For more helpful tips on how to stay safe, you can find a Cyclone Smart or Flood Smart kit at your local SES unit or online at www.dfes.wa.gov.au.