The impending impact of Tropical Cyclone Ilsa, Western Australia’s biggest storm in over a decade, has resulted in port closures and warnings for residents and tourists. The storm is expected to make landfall between Broome and Port Hedland, a major port centre for iron ore exports, with wind gusts of more than 250 kilometres per hour. Residents have been asked to secure anything that could become airborne, while visitors in the storm’s forecast route have been advised to evacuate. Cyclones are prevalent on Australia’s west coast, with the Bureau of Meteorology recording seven of them last year.
Source of information – Port technology