Rare tropical Cyclone Seroja approaches western Australia
Seroja is expected to bring widespread impacts across the region Sunday evening and overnight as it progresses southeastward over land.
Just days ago, this same cyclone wreaked havoc over Indonesia. Strong winds and heavy rains triggered flash floods and landslides.
Five coastal towns were put on red alert by Sunday afternoon, including residents in Denham, Shark Bay, 500 kilometres (311 miles) north of Perth, while sandbags were made available to those in Geraldton, further down the coast, due to potential storm surge.
Officials were braced for a high degree of damage to towns along the coast, the state emergency services minister said on Saturday, given buildings were not constructed to withstand such strong winds in a region that is typically too far south to fall into the path of cyclones.
Seroja has maintained its strength as a category 3 system, but is predicted to weaken as it moves inland later this evening.