Western Australian Premier Mark McGowan has warned “lives and homes are at risk” as tropical cyclone Seroja is expected to make landfall this evening.
The category two cyclone has forced red alert warnings for much of the state’s coastline with authorities urging residents in at risk areas to stay indoors.
Mr McGowan said tropical cyclone Seroja is like “nothing we have seen before in decades”.
The red alert includes the City of Greater Geraldton, Chapman Valley, Dandaragan, Carnamah, Coorow, Chapman Valley, Irwin, Mingenew, Morawa, North Hampton, Perenjori, Shark Bay, and Three Springs.
“This means you are in danger and need to act immediately,” Mr McGowan said.
The Department of Fire and Emergency Services have advised people in the red alert areas to stay inside and shelter in the strongest, safest part of their homes or evacuation centre.
“This is a very large storm that is posing a very serious threat,” the premier said.
“Lives and homes are at risk, we expect significant damage. I urge everyone to take this situation seriously.”