Australia’s cyclone season is fast approaching, and with it comes the threat of devastating damages caused by these storms. It’s important to be prepared for whatever mother nature may throw your way. That’s why it starts by taking some simple steps to protect your assets. On average, Australia spends $400 million on cyclone damage annually, so it’s definitely worth your while to be prepared.
We engineer and design all Allshelters according to the latest standards, such as AS/NZS 1170.2:2021. Meaning that we have the confidence to provide you with the best possible protection. Leading up to the cyclone season, it is important to consider whether your Fabric shelter will be able to withstand the torrential rain and wind.
To find out more about the recent Australian Standard change and how it affects you and your shelter, read our blog HERE.
What are Tropical Cyclones?
A tropical cyclone is a rapidly rotating storm characterised by low-pressure centres, closed low-level atmospheric circulation, strong winds, and a spiral arrangement of thunderstorms that produce heavy rains and squalls. These storms form over warm tropical waters, which makes them particularly destructive. The life cycle of a tropical cyclone can vary, but they typically last 3-7 days.
Cyclones in Australia
Australian cyclones can be incredibly destructive. Each year, during Australia’s cyclone season between November and April, approximately ten cyclones form over Australian waters, with six of these crossing the coast. Out of these, Australia experiences one severe cyclone on average. Between Broome and Exmouth on Australia’s northwest coast is the most cyclone-prone region, due to having the highest frequency of coastal crossings.
Past Weather Event- Cyclone George
Cyclone George was one of the most powerful Australian tropical cyclones on record. Forming in the Northern Territory’s Top End on 26th February 2007, cyclone George quickly intensified when it entered the Joseph Bonaparte Gulf, before crossing the northern coast of the Kimberly. It then intensified to a category 4 cyclone as it moved over the Indian Ocean, before eventually crossing the Pilbara coast at peak intensity, classifying as a Category 5 cyclone with winds reaching 205km/h. This cyclone caused significant damage to the town of Port Headland and numerous isolated mining camps.
Five people died and the damage/losses amounted to at least $20 million.
Protecting Your Assets from Cyclones
Fabric Shelters are a perfect solution when it comes to protecting your assets from extremes. The curved profile of the shelters has incredible strength and intrinsic ability to resist pressure from external forces. The shelters are designed and engineered to create extremely durable structures in a large range of sizes that are well able to withstand winds, rain and gravitational loadings. We design and engineer each of our Fabric shelters to fit the specific needs of your mining site and region, making them the perfect option for those in isolated areas prone to cyclones.
To find out more about one of our fabric shelters that survived a cyclone, read our case study HERE.
If you’re needing to protect your assets from this cyclone season, an engineered fabric shelter is the perfect solution. If you would like to learn more about container domes, contact us for more information.