Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology
Tropical Cyclone Warning Centre
Media: The Standard Emergency Warning Signal should NOT be used with this
TROPICAL CYCLONE ADVICE NUMBER 55
Issued at 2:19 am WST on Wednesday 1 January 2014
The Cyclone WARNING for inland parts of the Gascoyne has been CANCELLED
At 2:00 am WST Ex-Tropical Cyclone Christine, was estimated to be
145 kilometres east northeast of Meekatharra and
55 kilometres northwest of Wiluna and
moving southeast at 34 kilometres per hour.
Although Ex-TC Christine has weakened below tropical cyclone intensity,
damaging wind gusts are likely to continue on the northeastern side of the
system during Wednesday as it moves quickly across southeastern WA. Please
refer to Severe Weather Warning (IDW28001) for further details.
Moderate to heavy rainfall is expected near the track. A Flood Watch has been
issued for the Goldfields.
DFES State Emergency Service (SES) advises of the following community alerts:
ALL CLEAR WITH CAUTION: People in inland parts of the northern Gascoyne,
including the Collier Ranges, Three Rivers, Kumarina, Granite Peak and Wiluna
are advised that the threat of cyclonic weather has passed.
People close to the track of ex-TC Christine still need to take caution when
heading outside and heed the Severe Weather Warning that has been issued.
Details of the Ex-Tropical Cyclone Christine at 2:00 am WST:
.Centre located near...... 26.2 degrees South 119.9 degrees East
.Location accuracy........ within 55 kilometres
.Recent movement.......... towards the southeast at 34 kilometres per hour
.Wind gusts near centre... 85 kilometres per hour
.Severity category........ below cyclone intensity
.Central pressure......... 992 hectoPascals
No further advices will be issued for this system.
Typhoon Vongfong: Typhoon Warnings Issued for Guam, Northern Mariana Islands; "Devastating Damage" Predicted
The National Weather Service in Guam warning of potentially disastrous impacts as Typhoon Vongfong races toward Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands while it continues to strengthen.
In a statement issued Sunday morning local time (Saturday evening U.S. East Coast time), the NWS office warned that "devastating damage is expected" on the island of Rota, which lies about 45 miles northeast of Guam in the Northern Mariana Islands, a U.S. commonwealth.
The bulletin, eerily reminiscent of one issued by the NWS New Orleans office before Hurricane Katrina in August 2005, includes these ominous descriptions of potential destruction from winds forecast to gust as high as 130 mph:
"Collapse of some residential structures will put lives at risk. Airborne debris will cause extensive damage. Persons or animals struck by the wind blown debris will be injured or killed. Electricity and water will be unavailable for days and perhaps weeks after the storm passes. Most trees will be snapped or uprooted. Fallen trees may cut off residential areas for days to weeks."