Former tropical cyclone Damien has dissipated after lashing the West Australian coast with destructive winds over 200km/h. "There was a big crash and I could see, through the vents in the roof, the light coming through and I realised my roof had peeled off," Mr Corps said. 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. AEST = Australian Eastern Standard Time which is 10 hours ahead of GMT (Greenwich Mean Time). 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. 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Destructive winds to commence on the coast during Saturday morning. A red alert is in place, with WA’s Pilbara having bunkered down in anticipation of the extreme weather. Department of Fire and Emergency Services Commissioner Darren Klemm said problems caused by flooding were still to play out. Ms Moss said she tried to warn authorities for days about the empty public housing home next door as preparations were made in the lead-up to Cyclone Damien. As of Friday afternoon local time, Damien strengthened into a Category 3 severe tropical cyclone on the BOM scale. Refer to Tropical Cyclone Advice Number 13. But she said nothing was done about the large items lying in the yard. The Bureau of Meteorology has confirmed Severe Tropical Cyclone Damien has reached the coast near Dampier, with its effects being felt at the industrial port and the nearby city of Karratha. Widespread totals of 100 to 200mm and isolated falls up to 235mm were recorded near the Pilbara coast. Homes are without power and trees have been flattened as tropical cyclone Damien batters Western Australia's northern coast. **All information relating to intensity and track is preliminary information based on operational estimates and subject to change following post analysis. "The process of complete restoration and repairs will likely take some time and we thank customers for their patience and understanding as we work through this process.". Community members are advised that Tom Price, Pannawonica and Paraburdoo are currently on BLUE ALERT as Tropical Cyclone Damien is forecast to intensify and turn towards the Pilbara coast during today.. Gales are expected on the Pilbara coast this afternoon or evening, ahead of a severe cyclone impact on Saturday. Tropical Cyclone Damien brings rain, gale force winds to WA's Pilbara Sunday February 9, 2020 - 07:15 EDT Emergency crews will soon begin assessing the damage from a tropical cyclone in Western Australia's Pilbara region. "The Department attempted to schedule works however, due to the short time frame, this was unable to be completed ahead of the cyclone," the statement said. The tropical low is still producing strong winds and showers as it moves south after making landfall in the Pilbara region on Saturday. It is moving in a south-westerly direction at 8 kilometres per hour. The category three storm is whipping up destructive winds topping 220km/h and heavy rain in WA’s north. The Bureau of Meteorology has confirmed Severe Tropical Cyclone Damien has reached the coast near Dampier, with its effects being felt at the industrial port and the nearby city of Karratha. The tropical storm is currently located 305 kilometres north-west of Port Hedland and 315 kilometres north of Karratha. Stay safe and informed with ABC's checklists & survival kits. This is equivalent to a tropical storm in the Atlantic and East Pacific basins. A Karratha man says he was forced to shelter under his kitchen table with his cat while it peeled the roof off his house as it tore through Western Australia's Pilbara region on Saturday night. Strong and squally winds are also possible and there is still the risk of flooding in coming days. The Bureau of Meteorology has confirmed Severe Tropical Cyclone Damien has reached the coast near Dampier, with its effects being felt at the industrial port and the nearby city of Karratha. Karratha recorded 235.2mm of rain by 9:00am Sunday, while Roebourne saw 234.8mm. The Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) has also tipped “a severe cyclone impact” in the region on Saturday. The low-pressure area that formed off Australia's Kimberley coast and lingered there for a couple of days has moved west and developed into Tropical Cyclone Damien off the Pilbara coastline. Severe Tropical Cyclone Damien reached the coast near Dampier on Saturday afternoon, bringing fierce gales to the industrial port and the nearby city of Karratha. The estimated strongest winds were 97 km/h from 0000 UTC to 0600 UTC 3 February when the cyclone was near 16.7°S, 121.5°E. Cyclone Damien is now a category 3 system and is expected to continue to intensify as it turns towards the coast. > Severe Tropical Cyclone Damien. Notable rainfall totals in the 48 hours to 9 am AWST 9 February included Karratha Airport 235.2mm and Roebourne Airport 234.8mm. Damien made landfall as a category 3 severe tropical cyclone around 3:30pm AWST 8 February over the Karratha-Dampier region, with the eye moving directly over Karratha. 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 season officially began on 1 November 2019 and ended on 30 April 2020; however, tropical cyclones can form at any time of year, as evidenced by Tropical Cyclone Mangga during May 2020. 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. Karratha resident Beau Corps, who has lived in the town since 1985, was forced to crawl under a table with his cat, called Gary, as the storm hit. Tropical Cyclone Damien has downed trees and damaged roofs in Karratha, in northern WA. Karratha Airport recorded the highest wind gust of 194km/h at 2:31pm AWST 8 February. Here's what we know, There have been many strange Boxing Day Tests. The category-three cyclone reached the coast near Dampier on Saturday afternoon, bringing fierce gales to the industrial port and the nearby city of Karratha. 11:20pm Feb 9, 2020 A tropical cyclone that lashed parts of the coast of Western Australia's Pilbara region with destructive winds in excess of 200km/h has weakened. Damien made landfall as a category 3 severe tropical cyclone around 3:30pm AWST 8 February over the Karratha-Dampier region, with the eye moving directly over Karratha. Tropical Cyclone Damien crossed over the coast as a category three system at about 3:30pm yesterday, bringing severe, destructive winds, torrential rainfall and storm surges. Red alerts for parts of the Pilbara have been lifted as Tropical Cyclone Damien repidly weakens. Karratha was given the all-clear about 11:20am on Sunday. On Feb. 7 at 12:25 a.m. EST (1725 UTC), NASA's Aqua satellite passed over Tropical Cyclone Damien, located in the Southern Indian Ocean and off Australia's Pilbara coast. The Bureau of Meteorology has confirmed the cyclone … The Bureau of Meteorology says Damien has been causing very destructive winds of up to 205km/h. Tropical Cyclone Damien was the third tropical cyclone and the second severe tropical cyclone in the Australian region for the 2019/20 season. Cyclone Damien was last night downgraded to a … The storm crossed over the coast as a category three system about 3:30pm on Saturday, bringing severe, destructive winds, torrential rainfall and storm surges. As tropical cyclone Damien heads for Western Australia's Pilbara Coast as a powerful category 4 system, the ferocity of last year's cyclone Veronica is fresh in residents' minds. Renae Moss and Ryley Hinchcliffe filmed a fridge surfing down a street in the Karratha suburb of Nickol. Heavy rainfall caused flooding initially through the Kimberley when the system was a tropical low, then through the Pilbara and eastern Gascoyne. 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 … "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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The system is still producing heavy rainfall over the north-east Gascoyne, with conditions expected to moving into the south-east Gascoyne and northern Goldfields by the afternoon. 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. Weather Underground provides tracking maps, 5-day forecasts, computer models, satellite imagery and detailed storm statistics for tracking and forecasting Tropical Cyclone Damien Tracker. Tropical Cyclone Damien is forecast to develop further and turn towards the Pilbara coast on Friday. But Severe Tropical Cyclone Damien was expected to weaken as it moved inland early on Sunday. Extensive vegetation damage was reported and there was some damage to property, including Karratha Airport. Horizon Power spokeswoman Michelle South said crews had successfully restored power to a number of Karratha suburbs on Sunday morning. Ginginjibby recorded 153.2mm in the 72 hours to 9am AWST 11 February. "Right up to the eye it was bad, and then you go okay, she'll be fine dropping off the other side, but after the eye it was worse. UK and European Union reach Brexit deal ahead of crucial deadline, Royal Caribbean launches legal action against families of White Island volcano tragedy, This ladies team drew a crowd of 53,000 fans in 1920. "We were hunkered under the table. The strongest observed wind (83 km/h) was recorded by a ship 150 km to the north of the storm at 1200 UTC 3 February. The loss of power also caused issues with the wastewater network in Karratha, Wickham and Roebourne. Mr Corps said he ended up sheltering at his other brother's house, who had phoned and told him it was safe to run across. Tropical Cyclone Damien was forecast to intensify and turn towards the Pilbara coast today, with gale force winds expected on the Pilbara coast in the afternoon and evening. Former Tropical Cyclone Damien has been downgraded to a tropical low after the storm — which brought destructive winds and torrential rainfall to Western Australian's north — weakened to below cyclone intensity. Under the influence of an upper trough, the system was steered south towards the Pilbara coast on 7 January. Tropical Cyclone Damien came to a category 3 level when it made land contact, but was reduced to a category 1 by Sunday afternoon. Severe Weather Pilbara WA News Update: Severe Tropical Cyclone Damien has made landfall, crossing the coast near Dampier. Stuart Otto, who has lived in Karratha for more than three decades, said the "horrendous" cyclone was the worst he had experienced. A spokesman for the Housing Authority said the property had been recently vacated. He said 'just stay there'.". Severe Tropical Cyclone Damien is causing gales over the central Pilbara coast. 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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. "I grabbed the cat and went to run outside but it was really, really strong obviously and I knew the tree was blocking a hole, a gap in the fence to my brother's house. A tropical low formed over land in the Kimberley, about 190km southeast of Kununurra on 3 February 2020 before tracking west. "My brother lives four doors down and he's got a brick house, but his verandah out the back is absolutely decimated (with) three fences down, I haven't seen a direct hit like this before. Tropical Cyclone Damien is estimated to be 300km northwest of Port Hedland, and is moving southwest at 11km/h. "When the rainfall's quite close to the coast, the water gets out to sea quite quickly so you don't have a flooding issue," he said. Tropical Cyclone Damien has begun crossing the coast near Western Australia's Pilbara region, bringing very destructive winds of more than 200 km/h. **, 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. 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. Wed, 5 February 2020 11:46PM The Pilbara coast is bracing for a tropical cyclone predicted to hit over the weekend, which could bring serious flooding due to abnormally high tides. 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. ( ABC News: Rebecca Parish ) Locals and the SES are helping clean up the damage after the storm. 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