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Posted by feww on December 30, 2016

Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) surging in Western Australia (WA)

More than 3,000 people were diagnosed with gonorrhea in the 12 months to September 2016, up from 2,170 in the previous year, reported the Health Department’s Communicable Disease Directorate.

  • Cases have more than tripled in the past five years.
  • WA has experienced a large increase in gonorrhea cases in women.
  • Syphilis cases have risen from 139 to 308 in the 12-month period.
  • WA has a population of about 2.61 million, most of whom live in Perth (2.04 million).

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Tropical Cyclone STAN: Red Alert Issued in WA

Posted by feww on January 30, 2016

Destructive winds, storm surges, flooding threaten towns as cyclone approaches Western Australia

Tropical Cyclone STAN threatens northwest Pilbara region in Western Australia (WA) with potentially destructive wind gusts and heavy rain when the system makes landfall early on Sunday morning.

  • The storm, currently a category 2 system, is forecast to intensify to category three cyclone before landfall.
  • Red alert has been issued for coastal communities between Port Hedland and Wallal, including Pardoo, Eighty Mile and Wallal.
  •  Storm surges may pose additional threats of damaging waves and dangerous flooding due to the tide, said Australia’s Bureau of Meteorology (BOM).


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Deadly WA Bushfire Breaks Containment Lines

Posted by feww on January 13, 2016

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Blaze could threaten additional lives, homes

A monster blaze that tore through the West Australian town of Yarloop last week, killing two people and destroying at least 180 homes and other buildings, has broken containment lines.

Authorities have issued a “watch and act” alert, warning homes in the area may be under threat.

  • Fire authorities have also issued a watch and act for the South West towns of Cookernup and Waroona saying the fire is also threatening containment lines there.

The deadly blaze has been burning in WA’s South-West since January 6.

The fire was sparked by lightning on January 6 and has since consumed more than 70,000 hectares of land, with its perimeter growing to 327km, said a report.

Up-to-date alerts on the DFES website

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Down Under Blazes Burn Outside Chimneys

Posted by feww on January 10, 2016

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Bushfires continue to threaten towns in WA

Out-of-control bushfires in Western Australia continue to threaten lives, homes and businesses in the state’s South West.

A massive blaze has razed the small town of Yarloop, killing two people and destroying at least 143 properties including 128 homes.

The fire—ignited by lightning on Wednesday—has so far devoured 72,657 hectares, within a perimeter exceeding 250 kilometers.

Only chimneys left standing after a massive blaze razed Yarloop (Western Australia). The bushfire losses in the small town have been described by authorities as catastrophic. [Image credit: ABC News, Australia.]

Bushfire emergency warnings

Bushfire emergency warnings are in effect east of Waroona, Hamel and Yarloop and surrounding areas in the Shires of Harvey and Waroona.

Cookernup and Harvey are on “watch and act” alert.

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Bushfires Threaten Multiple Towns in WA

Posted by feww on January 9, 2016

Bushfire EMERGENCY WARNINGS Issued for Several Towns in WA

The Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) said the emergency situation had escalated and the towns of Harvey, Cookernup, Wokalup and surrounding areas could be hit within hours.

Residents in the towns in Western Australia’s South West have been urged to evacuate their properties as bushfires ravage the area.

  • Bushfire EMERGENCY WARNINGS has been issued for East of Waroona, Hamel, Cookernup, Yarloop, Harvey and surrounding areas in the Shires of Harvey and Waroona.
  • EMERGENCY WARNINGS has been issued for south of the South Coast Highway in the Dalyup area, west of Esperance in the Shire of Esperance.

Meanwhile, Human remains were discovered in two houses in Yarloop, in Western Australia’s South West region, which was devastated by bushfire.

DFES has issued the following statement:

Bushfire EMERGENCY WARNING for East of Waroona, Hamel, Cookernup, Yarloop, Harvey and surrounding areas in the Shires of Harvey and Waroona
Saturday 9 January 2016 – 9:43 PM

A bushfire EMERGENCY WARNING remains for people in an area bounded by Old Coast Road, south of Coronation Road, South Western Highway, McDowell Road, Nanga Brook Road, Dawn Creek Road, south to Murray River Fire line, Driver Road, Logue Brook Dam Road, Dupont Road, Tallanalla Road, Myles Avenue, Mornington Road, South Western Highway, Mitchell Road, east to Wellesley Road, Forrest Highway north to Old Coast Road.

This includes east of Waroona, Hamel, Cookernup, Yarloop, Harvey townsite and surrounding areas. It doesn’t include the Waroona townsite.

  • There is a threat to lives and homes in Harvey, Cookernup, Wokalup and surroundings areas.
  • Unless you are ready and prepared to actively defend your property, evacuate to the south via the South Western Highway if safe to do so.


A number of breakouts to the south have occurred as a result of fluctuating wind conditions.

  • The bushfire is moving in a south easterly direction.
  • The fire remains uncontained and is not yet controlled.
  • Burning embers are likely to be blown around your home.

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Monster Bushfire Destroys Town in W. Australia

Posted by feww on January 8, 2016


States of Emergency Declared in W. Australia as Massive Bushfire Intensifies

The so-called Waroona fire has razed the historic town of Yarloop, consumed about 55,000  hectares and is threatening more towns south of Perth, including the dairy and beef town of Harvey, after breaching containment lines.

At least three people from Yarloop are unaccounted for and about 100 homes have been razed after a massive bushfire ripped through the WA town.

States of Emergency have been declared for shires of Harvey and Waroona, and surrounding areas including Preston Beach, and mass evacuations have been initiated.


Conditions have been “extremely difficult”, with the blaze unpredictable and fanned by heavy wind gusts, WA Fire and Emergency Services commissioner Wayne Gregson said.

“I believe we’ve had what I would suggest [are] catastrophic losses within Yarloop,” he said.

“These are, as yet, to be definitively confirmed figures, but it appears that we’ve lost around 95 houses, a number of structures within the town site including some of the historical buildings, the workshops, some factories, and an impact at 70 per cent on the demountable component of the local school,” he said.

“Also losses to post offices, adjacent stores and our own fire station infrastructure.

“Sadly we have three people unaccounted for from Yarloop. We are making inquiries … at the moment.”

 A spot fire burns in Cookernup after ash from the Waroona bushfire was blown into the area. Audience submitted to ABC.NET.AU.: Tyler Ross-Clarke. More images…

Fanned by gusty winds exceeding 60km/h and 40 degree temperatures, the fire intensified overnight, and windy conditions are said to persist today.

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Cyclone LUA Stregthens to a Cat 4D System

Posted by feww on March 17, 2012

LUA, potentially a Super Cyclone, is making landfall on the Pilbara coast, Western Australia

LUA has strengthened to a  4D system on FEWW New Hurricane Scale and is expected to make landfall on the Pilbara coast, Western Australia, later today. 

Severe Tropical Cyclone LUA

Cyclone LUA Satellite Image IR-WV Diff – Source: CIMSS 

LUA Forecast Track Map

Issued by BOM at 11:46 am WST Saturday 17 March 2012. Refer to Tropical Cyclone Advice Number 24.

The cyclone is currently packing potentially devastating winds of about 250km/h and gusts of up to 270km/h and is carrying huge amounts of precipitation , threatening severe flooding and dangerous storm tides.

Lua is the strongest cyclone to strike Australia this year and the strongest since Cyclone YASI hit Queensland last year, Australia’s Bureau of Meteorology said.

Australia BOM said

Severe Tropical Cyclone Lua is approaching the east Pilbara coast, with an expected crossing in the vicinity of Pardoo Station around 2-3pm this afternoon.

Gales are occurring in coastal areas between Port Hedland and Bidyadanga and will extend to adjacent inland areas later today, possibly north to Cape Leveque including Broome and west to Dampier.

Destructive winds to 150 kilometres per hour are possible between Port Hedland and Bidyadanga extending to the inland eastern Pilbara later in the day. Very Destructive winds to 250 kilometres per hour are forecast near the cyclone centre as it crosses the coast.

As the cyclone moves further inland, gales should reach the eastern Gascoyne areas, adjacent Interior and far northern Goldfields on Sunday morning.

Heavy rainfall is expected in coastal and inland parts of the east Pilbara, west Kimberley extending into the eastern Gascoyne, western Interior and northern Goldfields later today and during Sunday.

Residents of the east Pilbara and 80 Mile Beach area, east of but NOT including Port Hedland, are specifically warned of the very dangerous storm tide expected this afternoon. Tides are likely to rise significantly above the normal high tide mark with damaging waves and very dangerous flooding.

Heavy surf conditions are also expected along the west Kimberley coast.

FESA-State Emergency Service advises of the following community alerts:

RED ALERT: People in coastal communities between Bidyadanga and Port Hedland, including Wallal, 80 Mile Beach, Sandfire, Pardoo, Port Hedland, South Hedland, Warralong, Yandeyarra and surrounding Pastoral and Mining leases need to go to shelter immediately.

YELLOW ALERT: People in remaining communities between Broome and Whim Creek including the Town of Broome, Marble Bar, Telfer, Nullagine, Woodie Woodie, and adjacent pastoral and mining leases need to take action and get ready to shelter from a cyclone.

BLUE ALERT: People in coastal communities between Whim Creek and Dampier including Karratha, Dampier, Roebourne, Wickham and Point Samson as well as inland communities including Newman and Jigalong and surrounding pastoral and mining leases need to prepare for cyclonic weather and organise an emergency kit including first aid kit, torch, portable radio, spare batteries, food and water.

Remaining communities between Broome and Cape Leveque and in the inland eastern Pilbara, east Gascoyne and western Interior should listen for the next advice.

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TC Errol

Posted by feww on April 16, 2011

Tropical Cyclone Errol Inching Toward Western Australia

Storm Details on April 16, 2011 at 00:00UTC

    • Position:  Near 11.6S 124.9E
    • Movement past 6 hrs:  – 320 degrees at 06 KTS
    • Accuracy: Position accurate to withing 60NM
    • Max sustaned winds: 50KT
    • Gusts: 65 KT
    • Source: JTWC

Source: Image from Japan Meteorological Agency satellite MTSAT-1R via Bureau of Meteorology.

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Australia: Drought, Deluge and More Fire

Posted by feww on December 30, 2009

Summer 2010 set to be one of the worst for Australian bushfire

Fires consume Western Australia, as floodwaters drown parts of the east coast

Australian weather bureau has for the first time issued a ‘catastrophic’ fire danger alert, the highest rating on their warning system.

Nearly 40 homes have been destroyed. (Credit: Greg Winning/ ABC online reader).

Temperatures as high as 42 degrees (ºC) in western Australia coupled with strong winds are fanning two major fires, which were sparked by fallen power lines Tuesday afternoon local time,that have so far consumed

  • At least 15,000 hectares (37,000 acres) of farm and bushland
  • About 40 homes were destroyed in Toodyay, about 80 km (50 miles) NE of Perth
  • Many livestock

Flood Warnings Issued for the East Coast of Australia

Meanwhile, heavy downpours of up to 300 millimeters are expected in the north-west, north-east and mid north coastal regions of the country, as warnings for flash flooding are issued throughout the region.

Parts of the central NSW are submerged under an estimated 100 billion gallons of floodwater.

A warning for flash flooding includes Port Macquarie, Taree, Armidale and Tenterfield. (ABC TV). Image may be subject to copyright.

Source: Commonwealth of Australia 2009, Bureau of Meteorology. Image may be subject to copyright.

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