Tropical Cyclone Seroja caused widespread damage to houses near the Western Australian town of Kalbarri on Sunday, leaving tens of thousands without electricity.
Premier Mark McGowan on Monday said up to 70 per cent of buildings in Kalbarri were damaged.
About 70 per cent of the buildings in Kalbarri, a city of 1,400 360 km north of the state capital Perth, were damaged, the department’s fire and disaster response officer Darren Klemm said.
A red alert has been placed on the streets of Kalbarri but emergency services are still on red alert in nearby Northampton, where residents will be urged to stay home.
Cyclone Seroja, dropping in strength, had then been downgraded to a tropical low before heading out to sea near Esperance on Monday.
The wind gusts recorded around Kalbarri were believed to be the strongest in more than 50 years, according to the meteorological agency.
The remnants of Seroja will continue to weaken during the morning but is still likely to result in damaging wind gusts, and heavy rain close to the track. A Severe Weather Warning is current at https://t.co/QF3c8gn6tD #CycloneSeroja https://t.co/B1MVXBYXhh pic.twitter.com/uJToRu9eBK
— Bureau of Meteorology, Western Australia (@BOM_WA) April 11, 2021
Seroja's track across WA first as a Cat 3 Severe Tropical Cyclone crossing the coast & eventually as a Tropical Low. No more severe weather is expected. We will continue to serve the communities affected and work with all relevant agencies to help with recovery efforts as we can pic.twitter.com/N9gYxDKr3T
— Bureau of Meteorology, Western Australia (@BOM_WA) April 12, 2021