Hundreds Seek Shelter Cyclone Rusty Moves Closer


Hundreds of residents in Western Australia’s Pilbara region have taken shelter in evacuation centers as Tropical Cyclone Rusty moves closer to the coast, local media reported.

Sarah Hoogenboom, from the Department for Child Protection told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) News Online that it was a noisy and windy night for those who slept in the town’s evacuation center.

“Lots of noise, lots of rain and lots of wind and the intensity of it doesn’t seem to drop off,” she said.

The Department for Child Protection says that two relocation centers have been opened in Port Hedland and South Hedland.

The state’s Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) on Wednesday issued a red alert for people in or near the coastal communities of Pardoo to Whim Creek including Port Hdland in the Pilbara.

“There is a threat to lives and homes. You are in danger and need to act immediately,” the DFES said in the warning.

The highly dangerous winds and rain are expected to continue into Thursday, the DFES warns.

“By now, everyone should have their emergency kit together, and should be sheltering either in a welfare centre or in the strongest, safest part of a building,” it said.

Rusty has been upgraded to a category four as it hovers almost stationary 130 kilometers north-northeast of Port Hedland.

The Australian Bureau of Meteorology says wind gusts to 120 kilometer an hour have already been experienced in Port Hedland and conditions are expected to get slowly worse during the day.

Very destructive wind gusts of more than 165 kilometers an hour are predicted in the area as the cyclone approaches the coast.

Previously, Meteorology, Climatology, and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) monitored that the movement of tropical cyclones leading to the southern island of Bali to Australia’s marine waters with an average speed of 3 knots.

“The slow movement of tropical cyclones that resulted in bad weather happening in Bali and surrounding areas for the next three days,” said Head of Sub-Directorate BMKG Administration Services Region III / Denpasar, Nyoman Suarsa.

He also appealed to the PT ASDP Indonesia Ferry to be wary of high waves, strong winds, and heavy rain in the waters of the Bali Strait and Lombok Strait as the most populous crossing point.

Suarsa mentioned that the height of the wave in the Lombok Strait north to more than 4 meters, while in the south reaches 1 meter to 5 meters.

The height of the waves in Bali Strait reached 1.5 meters to 3 meters. Waves in the sea of north Bali island to more than 3 meters, while in the south more than two meters.

The average wind speed at the crossing point of Java-Bali and Bali-Lombok reach 10-45 miles per hour or the equivalent of 25 knots.

“Every morning, we deliver the information via fax to the cruise and ferry agencies, including ASDP Gilimanuk and ASDP Padangbai. With the high wave, it is dangerous for shipping, especially for small boats, “he said.

He added that the tropical cyclone Rusty also started to hit the island since Saturday (23/2) night and rose on Sunday (24/2).

Increasing tropical storm that resulted in an increase in the active or tornado winds, high waves, and rain with mild to moderate intensity, accompanied by lightning.

“Cyclone Rusty has begun to weaken, but we predict the next three days will still be felt in Bali,” said Suarsa.

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