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Residents Bunker Down as Cyclone Veronica Makes Landfall as Category 3 Storm

Residents Bunker Down as Cyclone Veronica Makes Landfall as Category 3 Storm

A severe category 3 cyclone blew into the key mining region of Pilbara in Western Australia Sunday, forcing evacuations and a halt to port operations, as the north of the country dealt with the effects of an even more powerful storm that hit the previous day.

"Pilbara Ports Authority will provide an update once the situation changes and operations recommence", the authority said in a statement.

A unsafe storm tide was also predicted to hit the region this morning and damaging waves are predicted to bring inundation. "On social media, we've seen a few trees lifted out".

While that area is also lightly populated, residents were warned that because the cyclone was moving slowly - at just 8 kilometers per hour (5 mile per hour) - they would likely have to shelter for several hours.

They said people would need to stay in shelter longer than usual due to the destructive storm's slow pace.

"Don't risk your own life, don't risk the lives of your children, don't risk the life of others".




The full impact of severe tropical cyclone Veronica is beginning to occur on the Pilbara coast with extreme winds, very heavy rain and unsafe storm tides.

Meanwhile, Cyclone Trevor has weakened into a tropical low after wreaking havoc in eastern Northern Territory as it made landfall as a Category 4 storm on March 23 with winds reaching up to 250 kilometres per hour.

Major mining and energy companies took precautionary steps across the region, a hub of liquefied natural gas and iron-ore exports, with ports cleared of ships and non-essential staff evacuated, according to australianminining.com.au website.

People stocked up water and food supplies as well as had reinforced their homes with sandbags.

Bureau of Meteorology senior forecaster James Ashley said Veronica was unique because it was a slow-moving system that would bring a long period of destruction.

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