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Operators warned on ex-cyclone Esther impact

Potential for WA/NT road network damage, isolation


Ex-tropical cyclone Esther may cause flooding to the Kimberley and northern Pilbara road networks, Western Roads Federation (WRF) warns operators in the area.

In a joint statement with the Northern Territory Road Transport Association (NTRTA), it notes there there is a potential for the weather event to cross into Western Australia from Wednesday (East Kimberley) to Saturday (West Kimberley) and bring heavy rainfall and high winds, possibly isolating communities due to flooding on secondary roads.

“Industry operators should be aware that tropical cyclones once downgraded to a low by the BOM are no longer tracked,” WRF notes after attending a Western Australian State Supply Chain Interruption group.

“Therefore, as the ex TC, is coming from the NT as a tropical low, it is not being tracked on BOM websites nor appearing on the cyclone warnings.

Fire and floods have already cut access to WA this year

“Transport operators should monitor bureau meteorology radars to follow the low. And check all road reports available on NT Road Transport Association and Main Roads WA travel map. 

“Roads of particular concern will be the Great Northern, Buntine, Duncan and Victoria Highways. 

“Plus all unsealed roads including the Tanami as well as the unsealed sections of the Buntine and Duncan Highways.”

Both associations advise operators to plan for the weather event and to take appropriate actions.

“Please note that TC Ferdinand is tracking away to the southwest off the NW coast and current advice is that it not expected to impact WA.”


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