Cyclones in Australia 2012
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Severe Cyclone Lua hit the eastern Pilbara coast near the small village of Pardoo .at around 3pm 17 March. It was one of Australia’s powerful systems. Lua developed into a category four cyclone before it made landfall. Wind gusts of up to 250 kilometres per hours roared across the country. Luckily Lua made landfall at an area with a very low population. The situation was very tight at Pardoo roadhouse. A video taken by the owner showed some spectacular footage. You can watch this footage below on this page. The system moved further inland in a southern direction. It luckily missed the towns of Newman and Marble Bar. But there was some good rain for the Goldfield region. By midday on Sunday 17 March, the system was downgraded to an ex tropical cyclone. The last severe cyclone which hit the region was Cyclone Laurence which was a category five system.
See the latest weather warnings for Western Australia issued by the Bureau of Meteorology.
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On the 27th of January 2012, Cyclone Iggy was located as a category 2 system around 600 kilometres northwest of Exmouth in Western Australia. A cyclone warning was issued later that day for a region between Coral Bay and Mardie. People in Exmouth and Onslow got ready for extreme weather conditions.
But cyclone Iggy left its south easterly track and moved westwards off the Pilbara coast. The system continued its way well off the coast in a southern direction. It lost intensity, got downgraded to category 1 for some time, before Iggy regained power and moved as a category 2 system further south over the open sea.
On the 2nd of February Iggy turned into a low making its way towards the coastal areas. The system made landfall south of Geraldton on February 2nd 2012. It brought some extensive rainfall to the south west and central wheatbelt of Western Australia. So Exmouth was very lucky to escape Cyclone Iggy.
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…the last big cyclone which hit Exmouth was Cyclone Vance. That happened on Monday the 22nd of March in 1999. It was a category 5 cyclone with an enormous impact on the mainland of Australia. The system originated off Darwin on the 17-18th of March 1999. Cyclone Vance made its way through the Timor Sea on a westerly route, then in south - westerly direction.
The eye of cyclone Vance crossed the Exmouth Gulf approximately 25 kilometres east of Exmouth. A wind speed of 267 kilometres per hour was recorded on the Australian mainland.
The structures of about 10 % of the buildings were badly demolished as well as some damage due to rainwater. A storm surge cause widespread destruction along the coastline. Even Onslow was affected. The town is located around 100 kilometre linear distance to the northeast of Exmouth.
Cyclone Vance caused also major damage to the Pilbara, the Gascoyne and the Goldfields region. The rail connection between Perth and Adelaide was cut, as well as the highway.
Tropical cyclone Heidi hit the Pilbara coast in Western Australia. Heidi made landfall as a category 2 cyclone just east of Port Hedland around 4:30am (Western Standard Time) on Thursday 12th 2012. About five hours later the system was downgraded to category 1 and later on it became a tropical low as it moved further inland.
Destructive winds with speeds of up to150 kilometres per hour roared across the Port Hedland on Thursday morning. It caused uprooted trees and damaged buildings. Around 3500 homes were without power. Heavy rain was responsible for flash flooding and inundated homes and properties. But the impact on Port Hedland was not as bad as expected. The flood damage is considered as minor.
The Bureau of Meteorology recorded 108.6 millimetre of rain for Port Hedland on the January 12th 2012.
The port was closed and ships moved out to sea for safety reasons.
Cyclone Heidi travelled in a south-westerly direction and brought extensive rainfall over the inland of Western Australia.
The system brought already massive rainfall to the Pilbara region before Heidi hit the coast.
The Karijini National Park has been closed due to heavy rain. The national park headquarters office recorded 97 millimetre of rain.
Also Millstream Chichester National Park is closed, 125 millimetres rain came down at this place. Roads are flooded within the National Parks as well as campsites. Find out about the current situation on the website of the Department of Environment and Conservation
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