New Zealand High Commission Canberra, Australia
Tropical Cyclone Rusty
Updated: 28 February 2013, 10:35 NZTD
As at 2am (western Australia time) tropical cyclone Rusty (a category 2 cyclone) was estimated to be 75 kilometres north northeast of Marble Bar and 150 kilometres east of Port Hedland. It is moving south at 10 kilometres per hour and is expected to weaken below cyclone intensity by Thursday evening. 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 been experienced in Port Hedland and gales are occurring in Marble Bar.
The Western Australia Department of Fire and Emergency Service 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.
Further information can be found on the following websites:
- Australian Bureau of Meteorology website
- Western Australia Department of Fire and Emergency Service website
- See the Australian travel advisory