Cyclone Lua weakening across Western Australia

Damage to a backyard in Port Hedland caused by Cyclone Lua. [AAP]
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Damage to a backyard in Port Hedland caused by Cyclone Lua. [AAP]

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Authorities assess damage in WA's Pilbara region

Created: 18/03/2012

Last Updated: Sun, 18 Mar 2012 21:24:00 +1100

Tropical Cyclone Lua is still a category one system but is expected to weaken later on Sunday as it moves towards Western Australia's Goldfields region.

Lua crossed the Pilbara coast east of Pardoo on Saturday afternoon as a category four cyclone.

Wind gusts of up to 100 kilometres an hour are expected in the eastern Gascoyne and northern Goldfields, and a blue alert remains for people in those areas.

The Bureau of Meteorology's Rabi Rivett says there could still be some rainfall over the next couple of days.

"It's going to weaken significantly during Monday. So by Monday it's pretty much all gone but we could see some rainfall persisting in the southern Goldfields," he said.

When a blue alert has been issued, residents are advised to start preparing emergency procedures and follow the development of the cyclone through the media.

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