It was located near latitude 17.5 degrees south and longitude 118.1 degrees east, about 315 kilometers (196 miles) north of Port Hedland and 385 kilometers (239 miles) north-northeast of Karratha. The low moved offshore, near the Dampier Peninsula, north of Broome during 5 February. This service may include material from Agence France-Presse (AFP), APTN, Reuters, AAP, CNN and the BBC World Service which is copyright and cannot be reproduced. All communities, including Tom Price to Nullagine and Marble Bar have now been given the all-clear. At 11:00 p.m. AWST (10 a.m. EST) on Feb. 6, the ABM said Tropical Cyclone Damien had maximum sustained winds near 75 kilometers per hour (40 knots/47 mph) with higher gusts. Tropical Cyclone Damien is estimated to be 300km northwest of Port Hedland, and is moving southwest at 11km/h. Tropical Cyclone Damien appeared as a Category 1 storm on Thursday in the northwest reaches of the state of Western Australia before moving offshore and gaining speed, said Brad Hall, a … As such, any system existing between 1 July 2019 and 30 June 2020 would count towards the season total. A tropical cyclone has begun crossing the coast near Western Australia’s Pilbara region, bringing very destructive winds of more than 200 km/h. Severe tropical cyclone Damien made landfall at the industrial port of Dampier with its impact being felt in the nearby city of Karratha and throughout the region. The Bureau of Meteorology's Dampier radar sustained significant damage during the passage of Damien. DFES incident controller Mr Blackshaw warned flooding would be the next big risk to the Pilbara and he reminded people not to drive onto flooded roads. He said 'just stay there'.". Heavy rainfall caused flooding initially through the Kimberley when the system was a tropical low, then through the Pilbara and eastern Gascoyne. Red alerts for parts of the Pilbara have been lifted as Tropical Cyclone Damien repidly weakens. **, This page was created at 20:56 on Thursday 24 December 2020 (UTC), © Copyright Commonwealth of Australia 2020, Bureau of Meteorology (ABN 92 637 533 532) | CRICOS Provider 02015K | Disclaimer | Privacy | Accessibility. In their latest advice at 5:00am AWST on Monday, the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) said ex-Tropical Cyclone Damien was continuing to move southwards and was over the north-east Gascoyne. My brother rang and just asked where I was and I told him I was under the table. Gales occurred along the Pilbara coast from early morning on 8 February, with Barrow Island, Mardie, Varanus Island, Karratha Airport, Roebourne Airport and Legendre Island all recording a period of sustained gales. Under the influence of an upper trough, the system was steered south towards the Pilbara coast on 7 January. The loss of power also caused issues with the wastewater network in Karratha, Wickham and Roebourne. > Severe Tropical Cyclone Damien. 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The BOM said the system had weakened as it moved inland, and by 9:00am AWST on Sunday had been downgraded to a category one system. "A lot of it is damage to trees and the like and then the damage of that, those trees onto structures, I will say it's early days yet in terms of exactly what the extent of the damage is, but certainly vegetation impacting sheds and houses and the like is where we're at right now.". Damien delivered rainfall and river flows to Pastoral areas that had been drier than average for at least two years and filled many dams and water resources including the Harding Dam, the main water supply for the Karratha/ Dampier areas. Cyclone Damien is now a category 3 system and is expected to continue to intensify as it turns towards the coast. The system continued to move inland weakening on 9 February and the remnant tropical low tracked southeast over the inland Pilbara, eastern Gascoyne and northern Goldfields. A red alert is in place, with WA’s Pilbara having bunkered down in anticipation of the extreme weather. About 10,000 customers were affected by power outages on Saturday night and some suffered intermittent phone reception issues. Most requests for help through St John Ambulance were dealt with "relatively quickly" and no significant calls were made overnight on Saturday. **All information relating to intensity and track is preliminary information based on operational estimates and subject to change following post analysis. Destructive winds to commence on the coast during Saturday morning. Gales occurred along the Pilbara coast from early morning on 8 February, with Barrow Island, Mardie, Varanus Island, Karratha Airport, Roebourne Airport and Legendre Island all recording a period of sustained gales. "It's more the rainfall that falls further inland that can cause issues and that will play out over the next day or so. 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