Cyclones Seroja nears Western Australia
Update: 11th of April, 1:00 p.m. UTC
TC Seroja is nearing the WA coast and rapidly moving south-east. Maximum sustainable winds are 130 km/h (70 kt) with higher gusts. Cyclone is expected to bring destructive winds up to 165km an hour and flash flooding. Conditions will get very dangerous this afternoon local time.
Residents in the area 500km north of Perth are urged to evacuate before the systems makes landfall in the upcoming hours as category 2 or 3 cyclone.
Areas that are predicted to be seriously affected by the storm are small coastal towns of Denham and Kalbarri and Dirk Hartog Island.
Tropical cyclone Seroja is travelling west-south-west of Karratha with average winds speeds of 101 km/h and is predicted to strengthen into two or three cyclone as it goes on open waters. Cyclone should cross the coast between Jurien Bay and Carnarvon late on Sunday or Monday.
However there are currently two other tropical lows that are close to developing into a cyclone themselves.
The second tropical low (known as 23U) is expected to intensify into a cyclone and possibly interact with Seroja, which could be classified as a rare phenomenon Fujiwhara Effect. Essentially it means systems orbiting around each other, which can make forecasting more difficult.
The third tropical low is located near the Cocos Islands is also developing, but it is unlikely that this one will join two other systems on their track.
Possible impacts are predicted to be rather severe, forecasters are warning of dangerous conditions on the west coast. Wave heights may reach up to 10 meters off the Abrolhos Islands.