Tropical Cyclone Seroja, which slammed into the coast of WA and tore through townships overnight, has left a trail of damage and power outages.

Seroja made landfall south of Kalbarri about 8pm on Sunday as a category three storm with wind gusts up to 170km/h.

The fast-moving storm then weakened to a category two system as it pushed inland towards Dalwallinu in the early hours of Monday.

It’s now weakened further to a tropical low and continues to move southeast over the eastern Wheat Belt, southern Goldfields and South East Coastal areas, with wind gusts up to 100km/h.

The now ex-cyclone is expected to continue to weaken through Monday before moving offshore off the south coast in the afternoon.


In the meantime, emergency crews are assessing the damage in the Midwest Gascoyne with residents being told to remain inside until the all-clear is given.

Reports of property damage and power outages in Kalbarri and Geraldton began to emerge as the storm’s force was felt and residents took shelter by candlelight.

Ella Curic had just finished dinner when the neighbour’s roof came through window as Cyclone Serjoa hit Kalbarri. (pic via ABC)

Fallen trees, damaged homes and wrecked fences could be spotted amid the howling wind and rain in those towns, footage on social media showed.


The Department of Fire and Emergency Services said on Monday the majority of the more than 150 calls for help so far had come from Kalbarri.

Western Power said more than 15,000 homes had lost power.

“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.

Power crews had been preparing for Seroja since Friday but the damage caused by cyclones can make access to roads, properties and power infrastructure difficult, delaying repairs.

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


Premier Mark McGowan on Sunday described the impending cyclone “like nothing we have seen before in decades”.

A red alert remained in place on Monday for coastal areas from Carnarvon to Lancelin, extending to inland areas and towns including Coorow, Carnamah, Dalwallinu, Denham, Jurien Bay, Lancelin, Moora, Paynes Find and Wongan Hills.

Communities in the zone include Geraldton, the shires of Carnamah, Coorow, Chapman Valley, Irwin, Mingenew, Morawa, Northampton, Perenjori, Shark Bay and Three Springs.

Carnarvon’s historic One Mile Jetty was one of the first casualties of the cyclone, reportedly ripped apart around lunchtime on Sunday.

Evacuation centres are open in Port Denison, Carnarvon and Denham.





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