Officials evacuated residents from the town of Denham, Shark Bay, which is located 500km north of Perth.
Tropical Cyclone Seroja strenthened off the coast of Western Australia with emergency services opening shelters in preparation for high winds and coastal flooding later in the evening.
Officials on Sunday evacuated residents from the town of Denham, Shark Bay, which is located 500km north of Perth.
Sandbags were also made available to residents of Geraldton, further down the coast, due to a potential storm surge.
"There is a possible threat to lives and homes as a cyclone is approaching the area. You need to take action and get ready to shelter from a cyclone," the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) said in a bulletin.
UPDATE: Tropical #CycloneSeroja is expected to cross as a Category 2 system on Sunday evening. People in the Shark Bay area can expect to start experiencing impacts from early afternoon. Kalbarri and Geraldton areas from mid to late afternoon. Warnings: https://t.co/QYms19e5hV pic.twitter.com/KIF61Wn5az— Bureau of Meteorology, Western Australia (@BOM_WA) April 11, 2021
The category 2 cyclone was rapidly moving south east and could reach category 3 severity before it makes landfall, the Bureau of Meteorology said.
A category 3 classification can see wind speeds of up to 224km/h.
"Impacts to the west coast of WA begin this afternoon and inland parts this evening and overnight. Dangerous conditions including destructive wind gusts, intense rainfall and a dangerous storm tide," it said on social media.
Officials were braced for a high degree of damage to buildings in the area, the state emergency services minister said on Saturday, given buildings were not constructed to withstand such strong winds in a region that is typically too far south to fall into the path of cyclones.