Storms in Australia. – AUSTRALIA METEOROLOGICAL SERVICE
CANBERRA, Feb. 9 (DPA / EP) –
Heavy rains and floods continue to hit this Sunday in eastern Australia, although the tropical cyclone that was developing in the west of the country has been weakened, circumstances that add to the severe fires that have ravaged the country for weeks.
In New South Wales, the harsh climatic conditions have led to heavy rains, damaging winds, too high tides and intense swells, which add to the severe floods that have occurred in many areas, as noted by the East Australian Meteorology Agency Sunday.
The fires have also caused serious damage in that same state, which have been occurring since September, and where there has also been a severe drought in the last two years.
In addition, Sydney has recorded waves that have reached up to 14 meters so more than a dozen places are on alert for possible flooding.
The storm 'Damien' made landfall on Saturday in the Dampier-Karathha region, on the northwest coast of the country, classified as category 3 and has caused “very destructive winds” with gusts of up to 205 kilometers per hour and “very heavy rains” , according to the Australian Meteorological Agency.
Experts had predicted that it would reach category four, but so far it has not done so and it is predictable that it will weaken more and more as it progresses on land.
Therefore, the authorities alerted residents in several coastal locations of the risks of waves, “with harmful waves and severe flooding”, particularly in the Pilbara and Gascoyne regions. “There are many branches and leaves flying everywhere,” Karratha Mayor Peter Long said in statements to Australian television ABC.
Meanwhile, in southwestern Australia, in Katanning, a new wildfire threatens homes and human lives, the Fire Service alerted, which issued a top-level alert on Saturday afternoon.
The State Emergency Service also issued an alert for floods and winds with destructive capacity of up to 90 kilometers per hour. From Wednesday until Sunday this agency has received more than 3,300 notices.