Hurricane Seroja, which has previously suffered many victims in Indonesia and East Timor, has caused considerable damage in western Australia. Victims have not, as far as known, fallen in the sparsely populated area.
Seroja came ashore as a Category 3 hurricane, but above land he diminishes in strength. A wide strip north of the city of Perth faced gusts of wind up to 170 kilometers per hour. Many buildings, trees and overhead power lines were not resistant to natural violence.
In Kalbarri, a tourist town with about 1400 inhabitants, 70 percent of the houses are damaged. 30 percent of the cases are serious damage, says a local emergency coordinator. Roofs of houses are blown and the streets are full of crap. In the affected areas there are more than 30,000 people without electricity.
Debbie Major, who runs a campsite in Kalbarri, told press agency AP that she had never experienced anything like this before. She was out of the hurricane hanging from an outside door. That was to prevent it from being blown away. “It was terrifying.”
Australia is not often affected by such heavy hurricanes. The meteorological institute claims to have measured the hardest gusts of wind in over fifty years.
Seroja previously crossed the eastern part of Indonesia and East Timor. There were a total of 174 people killed in landslides and floods. Dozens of missing people are still being searched.
Check out the damage that was done in East Timor: