Tropical low devastates Western Australia's north, drops massive rain

Tropical low devastates Western Australia's north, drops massive rainEx-tropical cyclones Hilda and Joyce both hit Kimberly coast, Western Australia’s sparsely populated northern region in the past 35 days but an unnamed tropical low that hit the region this week exceeded both named storms in terms of rain and wind. It brought record-breaking 5-day rainfall to the region, making this January its wettest month in history. Weather authorities said the event serves as a lesson for media and residents to heed to severe weather warnings.
BOM’s meteorologist Steph Bond said the conditions produced by this storm had been similar to a category one tropical cyclone. However, this weather event did not meet the criteria to be labeled a tropical cyclone.
Typically, a tropical cyclone is formed over water with sustained winds of over 120 km/h (74 mph) in the system’s center. Because this tropical low did not form over water and its severe wind and rain were not in the center of the system, it did not receive a formal name…. more

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