Very dangerous Tropical Cyclone "Veronica" forms near Western Australia, prepare now
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Tropical Cyclone "Veronica" formed north of Kimberly, Western Australia on March 19, 2019. The low rapidly intensified yesterday and BOM expects it to continue intensifying to a severe category with a severe tropical cyclone and coastal crossing possible for the Pilbara coast over the weekend.
This will be a slow-moving and intense tropical cyclone with significant and prolonged wind, storm surge and flooding impacts.
Tropical cyclones Veronica and Trevor at 00:40 UTC on March 20, 2019. Credit: JMA/Himawari-8, RAMMB/CIRA
Tropical Cyclone "Veronica" at 00:40 UTC on March 20, 2019. Credit: JMA/Himawari-8, RAMMB/CIRA
There is a level of uncertainty in the exact track but communities along the Pilbara coast should begin preparing now for what could be a dangerous period over the weekend, BOM's Senior Meteorologist Andrea Peace said.
The current forecast track takes Veronica towards the WSW over the next 24 to 48 hours before taking a more southwards turn on Friday, March 22.
With very warm sea surface temperatures off the northwest coast and atmospheric conditions that are conducive to cyclone development, there's ample energy to feed this system—meaning that we can be sure that this system will intensify and gales may be experienced along the coast from Friday, although more likely overnight into Saturday, Peace said.
Communities in the Pilbara, particularly those between Port Hedland and Exmouth need to stay up to date with the latest advice from the Bureau and the Department of Fire and Emergency Services, she said
Veronica neemt enorme hoeveelheden regen met zich mee.
Radar loop of #CycloneVeronica over the 2 days. Heavy rainfall has occurred over the #Pilbara with 416 mm recorded at Upper Northpole in the last 72 hours. Heavy rainfall still expected during today over parts of the Pilbara. Current warnings at https://t.co/NikaX4QRKr pic.twitter.com/YIZoSF209T— Bureau of Meteorology, Western Australia (@BOM_WA) 25 maart 2019
Stations around the Pilbara including Sherlock say they’ve tipped out 500mm from their rain gauges!! After a very dry summer the concern is for the welfare of their cattle. ????Carlindie Station SE of Port Hedland where the river has broken #cycloneVeronica @abcnews @abcperth pic.twitter.com/kHBogUUrtI— Michelle Stanley (@michlstan) 25 maart 2019
Different views but neighbouring country one week apart. Things were hot and dry last week, seriously difficult conditions for cattle and desperate for rain. One week and 130mm later, there’ll be some happy cattle (and pastoralists) about on Hillside Station!! #CycloneVeronica pic.twitter.com/HwzGz8hNbc— Michelle Stanley (@michlstan) 25 maart 2019
After 42 hours in lockdown due to #CycloneVeronica— Kathryn Diss (@KathrynDiss) 25 maart 2019
we’re finally able to get out and assess the damage. This park and mining museum has turned into an inland lake. We’ll keep you posted as we make our way around town @abcperth @abcnews @jamescarmody95 pic.twitter.com/utWK5U4Xwp
Mixed reports of rainfall from the Pilbara. @ABCoppin had 107mm at Yarrie, Brent Smoothy at Hillside got 130 (Shaw River pictured below), but Bonney Downs only 17 and Sylvania nil. Things are getting desperate for some places particularly inland ???????? ???? #CycloneVeronica #wanews pic.twitter.com/JNk7YCOu2s— Michelle Stanley (@michlstan) 25 maart 2019
Overstromingen door Cycloon Veronica.
We're seeing dangerous coastal impacts, destructive winds & heavy rain as Tropical #CycloneVeronica slowly crosses the #Pilbara coast. The slow movement of the cyclone means conditions will continue for a sustained period today & tomorrow https://t.co/4CwbJRpnuE ???? Paige Simmons pic.twitter.com/qkPZRHVaCb— Bureau of Meteorology, Western Australia (@BOM_WA) 24 maart 2019
Pilbara homes turned into temporary islands as #CycloneVeronica leaves plenty of rain in her wake. She’s now tracking west towards Karratha and expected to hit the town with a fair amount of rain. Thanks to Cameraman Marcus Alborn for taking this pics! @abcnews pic.twitter.com/X4gyJ2d6HJ— Kathryn Diss (@KathrynDiss) 25 maart 2019
Flooding in Boodarie about 10 kilometres inland from Port Hedland caused by #CycloneVeronica many houses have been ‘islanded’ completely surrounded by water. Nice to get out and about see how people have been faring @abcperth @abcnews pic.twitter.com/MRB8Tv61Py— Kathryn Diss (@KathrynDiss) 25 maart 2019