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Cyclone that ravaged Indonesia, East Timor set to hit Australia

/ 04:27 PM April 08, 2021
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Residents make their way past damage along a street in Dili on April 6, 2021, after Tropical Cyclone Seroja battered the Southeast Asian nation, killing dozens and leaving thousands homeless. Photo by VALENTINO DARIEL SOUSA / AFP

SYDNEY — Australian authorities on Thursday urged holidaymakers to evacuate a stretch of the country’s western coastline in the path of a cyclone that has devastated parts of Indonesia and East Timor.

Tropical Cyclone Seroja is expected to hit Western Australia late Sunday or early Monday after tracking south.

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It is forecast to bring “destructive winds with gusts of 150 kilometers per hour (93 miles per hour) and intense rainfall that could cause flash flooding” on parts of the coast, the Bureau of Meteorology said.

Emergency services warned holidaymakers — many camping or traveling in caravans — to leave ahead of forecast weekend storms that would be quickly followed by the cyclone.

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“If you remain in the area in a tent or caravan, you are at risk,” said assistant commissioner Paul Ryan, adding that these structures were “highly dangerous” in wild weather.

Local residents were also urged to prepare emergency kits and ensure their homes were ready for the expected impact.

The cyclone is forecast to make landfall in a relatively isolated part of Western Australia — a sprawling, sparsely populated state — as a category 2 or 3 system.

Almost 180 people were killed in Indonesia and neighboring East Timor earlier this week after the cyclone proved one of the most destructive storms to hit the region in years.

Dozens more are still missing and thousands have been left homeless.

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