Western Australia Relocation Warnings Up as Cyclone Rusty Blasts Into Category 3
By Esther Tanquintic-Misa | February 26, 2013 1:17 PM EST
Authorities in Western Australia have sounded off the alert warnings on Tuesday as Cyclone Rusty continued to pack in strength and had developed into a Category 3 storm.
Residents have been ordered to relocate to higher areas on potential risks to flooding, high winds as well as a coastal tide.
An emergency relocation order issued Tuesday morning by the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) specifically instructed people living in the low lying areas of Port Hedland including a small section of Pretty Pool to relocate immediately while there is much enough time. It likewise pointed out that residents turn off the electricity in their homes as well as lock all doors and windows.
Areas of specific concern include Sharman Mews, Pennings Court and Styles Road, McGregor Street and Athol Street, the majority of Tkalkaboorda, between Wilson Street and Anderson Street from McGregor Street to The Esplanade, and the surrounding areas.
Authorities have opened the Andrew McLaughlin Community Centre in Keesing Street in Port Hedland as temporary safe shelter refuge for people who may be forced to leave their homes in anticipation of Cyclone Rusty's potential damages.
"Rapid and powerful flooding is very likely as severe tropical cyclone Rusty crosses the coast," the DFES order said.
Moving at eight kilometres per hour towards the coast, Cyclone Rusty as of 5am (WST) developed to a category 3 overnight. It was estimated to be 170 kilometres north-northeast of Port Hedland and 320 kilometres northeast of Karratha.
Cyclone Rusty's intensity, size and slow movement, according to Neil Bennett, Bureau of Meteorology spokesman, could likely to lead to a dangerous storm tide, including damaging waves.
There is also a very great possibility Cyclone Rusty could further develop into a Category 4 as it crosses the coast later on Wednesday, with wind gusts reaching as high as 230km/h.
A number of schools have been ordered close until further notice, including Hedland Senior High School, Port Hedland Primary School, Port Hedland School of the Air, Cassia Primary School, Cassia Education Support Centre, Baler Primary School, South Hedland Primary School, and Pilbara Behaviour Centre.
Three other schools have likewise been ordered closed until further notice due to risk of flooding, including Yandeyarra Remote Community School (in the Shire of Port Hedland), Marble Bar Primary School (in the Shire of East Pilbara), and, Nullagine Primary School (in the Shire of East Pilbara).
To report problems or to leave feedback about this article, e-mail:
To contact the editor, e-mail:
Join the Conversation
- U.S and Canada Fighter Jets Chase Out Russian Jets Near Alaska: Air Space Violation Not Confirmed
- US-led Coalition Has Launched First Airstrike vs. ISIS in Syria – Pentagon
- G20 Summit in Nov: No Consensus to Bar Russia, Putin Open to Attend in Australia
- ISIS Used 'GTA 5' in Teen Recruitment Video, Violent Games Help Gain More Followers
- Chilling: Group Deadlier Than ISIS Had Risen
- Nexus 6, 8 Release Date is Halloween 2014 as Android L Intro Set for October 16
- Galaxy Note 4 vs iPhone 6 Plus: Better Performing Display and Best Overall Screen
- Samsung Galaxy Note 4 vs Samsung Galaxy S5: Battle of the Samsung Flagship Smartphones
- Apple iPad Air 2, OS X Yosemite Release Date Set For October, While iPad Mini 3 With Retina Headed For 2015 Release
- Moto G 2014 v Asus Zenfone 5 – Specification Comparison Shows Zenfone 5 Is A Good Alternative for Moto G
- Android 5.0 L Nexus 4, Nexus 5, Nexus 7 Release in October, Google Employees Offer Hint
- Purported Xiaomi Redmi Note Successor Powered With Monstrous Processor Under Wraps, Will Take On Meizu MX4