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TROPICAL Cyclone Seroja passed to the north of Geraldton over the weekend, with the Bureau of Meteorology reporting a maximum wind gust of 120 kilometres per hour.

The storm made landfall at around 20:00 local time on April 11 as a category three tropical cyclone and moved in a south-easterly direction. It weakened to a category two at about 23:00, and weakened further to a low at about 08:00 12 April.

Ahead of the cyclone, Mid West Ports Authority said it had been preparing for the arrival of Seroja for days.

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MWPA acting CEO Damian Tully said: “The port, including the Fishing Boat Harbour, is secured and everything possible has been done to safeguard the port assets and our people.

“With a Red Alert due to be announced shortly, we encourage everyone to seek shelter and remain safe until the all-clear is given by authorities.”

Since Mr Tully issued the above statement, the Western Australia emergency authorities have given the all-clear for the Geraldton area.

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