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Bureau forecasting average cyclone season

Monday October 14, 2013 - 14:36 EDT

The Bureau of Meteorology says it is not expecting a strong tropical cyclone season this year.

Bureau modelling estimates it will be a near average season, with about five cyclones, including two coastal crossings and potentially one severe system.

Last season, five cyclones entered Western Australian waters, the largest being Severe Tropical Cyclone Rusty which made landfall east of Port Hedland in February.

The bureau's severe weather meteorologist, Greg Browning, says the latest outlook does not mean people should become complacent.

"It just takes one cyclone to form or cross the coast near your location and it wouldn't matter if that's the only cyclone of the season," he said.

"There's obviously the potential for damage, wind damage, flooding and isolation for any individual community.

"Based on the indicators that we use, we think the numbers are probably going to be reasonably close to that.

"There's not a great likelihood of there being an extremely high or extremely low number of cyclones."

Residents in the state's north are being encouraged to attend cyclone information meetings being held over the next week and a half.

The meetings will include presentations about the seasonal outlook and advice on how to prepare for the cyclone season.

In the Pilbara, meetings will be held in Port and South Hedland, Wickham, Karratha, Pannawonica, Onslow, Exmouth, Marble Bar, Newman and Tom Price.

The State Emergency Services' Tim Dalwood says in the mid-west and Gascoyne, meetings will be held in Shark Bay, Carnarvon and Coral Bay.

"It's just getting people aware of the up-and-coming cyclone season and a few key things they need to look for and understand as they go along," he said.

"There's a lot of very good information given at those meetings, so we certainly do encourage all people to get along to their local cyclone briefings and take as much information away as possible."


- ABC

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