Flooding threat for Western Australia as Hilda moves inland

By Eric Leister, AccuWeather meteorologist
December 28, 2017, 9:10:30 AM EST

Hilda, the first tropical cyclone of the season in the Australian Basin, will bring the risk of flooding to parts of Western Australia into Friday.

Hilda has weakened to a tropical low after attaining Category 2 cyclone status earlier in the week.

A Category 2 cyclone in the Australian Basin is equal to a strong tropical storm in the Atlantic and Pacific oceans.

Rainfall totaled around 200 mm (8 inches) in Broome through Thursday. Tropical-storm-force winds were also reported in the area Wednesday into Wednesday night.

Despite Hilda moving away from the area, heavy rain will continue to fall across areas from Kimbolton to Derby and Broome into Friday.

Waves of heavy rain will also move inland across parts of northwestern Western Australia. Any areas that get trapped under a more persistent band of rain could get flash flooding.

Rainfall amounts of 100-200 mm (4-8 inches) are expected, with local amounts up to 300 mm (12 inches).

Areas from Camballin and Willard to Gingerah should be on alert for possible flash flooding.

The threat for damaging winds has ended as the Hilda continues to weaken and move inland.

Article Source…

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *