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BOM warning: Two to three cyclones predicted in northern Australia this season

Henry Jones, Monday October 9, 2017 - 20:45 EDT
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Big waves from Cyclone Lam pounded parts of the Northern Territory in 2015. - ABC licensed

Two to three cyclones are predicted to form in Australia's northern region between November and April, in what forecasters predict will be an average season for the violent storms.

The Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) today released their Tropical Cyclone Outlook for Australia and said 11 cyclones were likely to form in waters around the nation this season.

In the northern region, which includes the entire NT coastline as well as parts of Western Australia and Queensland, there are predicted to be two or three tropical cyclones.

About three quarters of tropical cyclones in the northern region go on to impact coastal areas.

Other regions of Australia are also tipped to see an average number of cyclones this season.

Acting NT manager at the BOM, Jude Scott, said the cyclones predicted could be of any intensity or size and affect any location right along the NT coastline.

"Tropical cyclones bring damaging winds and storm surges, with heavy rainfall and flooding," Ms Scott said in a statement.

"But we also see widespread impacts, including flooding and strong winds from tropical low systems and severe thunderstorms right across the NT."

She said Territorians should prepare for the severe weather conditions that cyclones and tropical lows create.

Help can take 72 hours to arrive after 'significant event'

"If it moves inland it can bring widespread flooding and bring quite severe weather impacts," Ms Scott said.

NT Emergency Services chief Jason Collins said people should prepare for the cyclone season and have a household emergency plan in place.

It can take up to 72 hours for help to arrive after a significant event, Mr Collins said.

The first cyclone in the Australian region this season will be called tropical cyclone Hilda.


© ABC 2017

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