Australia is sitting between two approaching cyclones – Cyclone Anthony is headed for Queensland on the east coast while Cyclone Bianca, at the same time,  is headed for the west coast.

Because the floods just weren’t enough punishment…  Anybody have blueprints for building an Ark? Maybe one that flies?

UPDATE:

On the east coast of Australia, a third cyclone is building behind Anthony, gaining in speed, momentum and strength. It is following the same path but is expected to hit much harder. Anthony is currently predicted to hit land around Townesville as a catgegory 2 cyclone. This third cyclone has been named Yeti.

Australia’s west coast is currently on cyclone watch as Bianca nears the shores south of Perth.

And even though it’s all very important – to all of us –  it’s a bit difficult to focus on the unrest occuring in other parts of the world when you have cyclones knocking at both your front and back doors…

*BIANCA 6PM*

This is the latest posting by BOM (Australia’s Bureau of Meterology) even though it’s a few hours old:

IDW20400
Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology
Western Australia
## WIND WARNING For coastal waters from Kalbarri to Albany Issued at 5:47 pm WST on Saturday 29 January 2011 Please be aware, wind gusts can be a further 40 percent stronger than the averages given here, and maximum waves may be up to twice the height.
SITUATION At 5:00 pm WST Tropical Cyclone Bianca was located within 30 nautical miles of latitude twenty nine decimal four degrees South (29.4S) longitude one hundred and eight decimal seven degrees East (108.7E) about 400 nautical miles west northwest of Perth and 310 nautical miles west of Geraldton
Recent movement : south southeast at 13 knots Maximum winds : 60 knots Central pressure: 975 hectopascals

Broome is circled in pink – so Tan’s family is well and truly out of the storm zone. Kalbarri (which is s huge national park and natural habitat to thousands of native flora and fauna) and Albany I’ve circled in red.

The line inbetween represents the ‘landing zone’ of Cyclone Bianca. Here’s hoping Bianca has lost much of her impetus before she hits land.

UPDATE:

From the AAP – “Bianca weakening to category one”

 Cyclone Bianca off the West Australian coast has been downgraded to category one but the weather bureau warns it may still impact on communities in the southwest of the state on Sunday.

The bureau says people can expect possible coastal erosion, flooding of low lying coastal areas, rough seas, damaging winds with gusts to 100 kilometres, very high to severe fire danger and south of Bunbury heavy rain with possible localised flooding.

A cyclone warning is current for coastal areas from Jurien Bay to Albany including Perth, Mandurah, Bunbury and Busselton.

The bureau says tides between Jurien Bay and Cape Naturaliste will be higher than normal.

Saturday afternoon’s storms caused damage in parts of Perth and regional towns to the east, including Toodyay, Northam, York and Wongan Hills.

State Emergency Service volunteers responded to 20 calls for assistance in Perth for rain damage, localised flooding and roof collapses.

In Northam and York, east of Perth, around 30 buildings were badly damaged, many with roofs torn off, and powerlines and other structures were also hammered, the Fire and Emergency Services Authority (FESA) said.

The stormy weather cut power to around 55,000 homes in WA’s south on Saturday as the category three cyclone Bianca approached across the Indian Ocean.

UPDATE:
30 January 2011 Sunday 6pm

AUSTRALIAN GOVERNMENT BUREAU OF METEOROLOGY
TROPICAL CYCLONE WARNING CENTRE PERTH

TROPICAL CYCLONE FORECAST TRACK MAP

Ex-Tropical Cyclone Bianca

The forecast path shown  is the Bureau’s best estimate of the cyclone’s future movement and intensity. There is always some uncertainty associated with tropical cyclone forecasting and the grey zone indicates the range of likely tracks of the cyclone centre.

The Cyclone WARNING for coastal areas from Jurien Bay to Albany, including Perth, Mandurah, Bunbury and Busselton has been CANCELLED.

Ex-TC Bianca has weakened below cyclone intensity and is expected to further weaken during the day.

However, tides between Jurien Bay and Dunsborough will be higher than normal and are likely to rise above the highest astronomical tide level on Sunday evening. ROUGH SEAS, DANGEROUS SURF, COASTAL EROSION and FLOODING of LOW LYING COASTAL AREAS are possible. Please refer to the Severe Weather Warning [IDW28001] for further information.

 

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