New Zealand High Commission Canberra, Australia

Tropical Cyclone Rusty


Tropical Cyclone Rusty (a category 3 cyclone) is currently located off the Pilbara coast in north-west Australia and expected to move south over the next 2 days.  New Zealanders in Western Australia along the expected path of the cyclone should be aware that heavy rain and damaging high winds are expected. The Australian Bureau of Meteorology has advised that wind gusts up to 120 kilometres have already been experienced in Port Hedland and gales are occurring on the coast between Sandfire Roadhouse and Whim Creek.

The Western Australia Department of Fire and Emergency Service [external link] has issued a number of alerts as a result of the cyclone.  New Zealanders in affected areas are advised to monitor local media and weather reports for information, follow any instructions issued by the local authorities and seek suitable shelter.

We recommend you keep your family in New Zealand informed of your situation and register your details with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.  If your travel has been disrupted as a result of the cyclone, please contact your airline/travel agent and travel insurance company directly to make alternative arrangements.

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