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Cyclone and Bushfires Threaten Western Australia

A tropical cyclone and major bushfires are posing a twin threat to travellers in Western Australia’s central west. Authorities are concerned holidaymakers from Perth and elsewhere may find themselves stranded. The Fire and Emergency Services Authority had urged tourists to leave the Gascoyne region because flooding, linked to the approaching Cyclone Iggy, could cut off the highway to Perth.

But now bushfires have forced the closure of the highway, south of Carnarvon. Department of Environment and Conservation spokesman Anthony Desmond says there was a window of opportunity earlier yesterday when families, returning to Perth for the new school year, could have made it through.

“Either way there were two issues people needed to deal with, a cyclone and now a fire, so I don’t think there was anything wrong with making that call for people,” he said.

“But we’ll be talking to the Department for Child Protection about accommodating people in Carnarvon if they need accommodation.”

…(ABC)

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January 28, 2012 - Posted by | Weather | , , ,

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