As West Aussies flock to tourists hotspots like Broome and Exmouth for the Easter school holiday, they are being warned to prepare for a possible cyclone from a tropical low off Indonesia.
While the State enters the final month of cyclone season, the Bureau of Meteorology have warned the system brewing in the Banda Sea could push south west into Australian waters and impact the western Pilbara and around Exmouth and Carnarvon late next week.
“Visitors to the region should be prepared to change their plans for later next week if the threat of a cyclone impact increases,” a warning urged.
“People in north west WA are urged to keep up to date with the latest forecasts and warnings.”
The warning comes as Perth families have flocked across the State for a two-week school break before term two returns for most WA students on April 19.
If the system forms in waters off Indonesia’s Maluku Islands and north of Timor, the cyclone would be called Seroja but would be named Odette if it develops in Australian waters.
Concern over this system comes with its late season formation, which general means the cyclone establishes itself further north, giving it more time to develop and become “severe”.
Three notable severe cyclones wreaked havoc in WA during the month of April.
One of Australia’s strongest documented cyclones, Orson occurred in April 1989, and Olivia in April 1996 set a world record for wind speed at 408 km/hr at Barrow Island.
Another tropical low is predicted to form west off Christmas Island today and move south over the weekend.
BOM predicts if it does develop into a cyclone it would have push far south enough not to directly impact the island.
For more information, visit http://www.bom.gov.au/wa/forecasts/nwcyclone.shtml.