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Cyclone Veronica MAPPED: Cyclone SMASHES Australian coast - Where is it NOW?

Cyclone Veronica MAPPED: Cyclone SMASHES Australian coast - Where is it NOW?”

While no one has been hurt, it's the first time in almost 50 years two cyclones have struck Australia at once.

"People in that part of the world are used to cyclones but this one is different", he said yesterday.

The Departments of Fire and Emergency Services' urges residents in red alert zones to seek shelter in the strongest, safest parts of their homes and to stay clear of doors or windows.

Cyclone Veronica has been weakening after battering Australia's northwest, while further east, Cyclone Trevor was downgraded to a low pressure system on Sunday. Significant river rises are expected with some areas getting 500mm of rain over the next few days.

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However, the core of the storm has reached land and is over the coast just east of Roebourne and west of Port Hedland.

The Pilbara Port Authority has also suspended vessel loading operations and the vessel "TS Delta" that was scheduled to load Altura lithium concentrate has had to return to an offshore anchorage point (along with other vessels) until the weather event passes.

The premier, commenting on reports people had ventured into the storm for selfies, warned against "stupid" behaviour.

"Tides are likely to rise significantly above the normal high tide mark with damaging waves and very risky coastal inundation, particularly to the east of the cyclone centre".

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People living inland are on blue alert, while those in or near the communities of Barrow Island, Pannawonica, Mardie and surrounding areas are on a yellow alert.

Residents of some Gulf communities have returned home, including nearly 300 people who left Groote Eylandt before Trevor hit.

There is a potential for flooding south of the cattle farming region devastated by floodwaters last month, but meteorologists are watching closely.

Rainfall was expected to hit 20-40 centimetres, it said.

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Still, two large storms such as Trevor and Veronica hitting on successive days is rare.



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