Cy­clone fun for some

The first cy­clone of the sea­son may have been a bit of a fizzer on the coast for those want­ing rain, but it didn’t stop lo­cals from mak­ing the most of it. Sig­nif­i­cant falls in­land have flooded wa­ter­ways, lead­ing to sev­eral res­cues by emer­gency ser­vices.

Pilbara News - - Front Page - ■ Tom Zaun­mayr

The first cy­clone of the sea­son once again proved the most dan­ger­ous of times are also the most spec­tac­u­lar, with floods, surf and blood-red skies light­ing up so­cial me­dia at the week­end.

Ex-trop­i­cal cy­clone Stan in­ten­si­fied to a cat­e­gory two cy­clone as it made land­fall East of Par­doo on Sun­day morn­ing.

The lack of sig­nif­i­cant rain be­tween Port Hed­land and Kar­ratha was dis­ap­point­ing for many, with Roe­bourne Aero record­ing 38.2mm and Kar­ratha Aero 11.8mm.

The Depart­ment of Fire and Emer­gency Ser­vices, po­lice and vol­un­teers made nu­mer­ous res­cues as flood­ing oc­curred in­land.

DFES Pil­bara district of­fi­cer Paul Leiper said the week­end was a timely re­minder to steer clear of flooded wa­ter­ways and washed out tracks.

“On Fri­day night there was a search for a miss­ing adult and two kids down to­wards New­man,” he said.

“The car had be­come dis­abled and they’d wan­dered away, ” he said. “A guy also got bogged out to­wards Telfer and the res­cue party were able to get to him, (af­ter) he slept in the car overnight.”

SES also helped Roe­bourne po­lice when a ve­hi­cle be­came stuck at a flooded cross­ing to­wards Harding Dam. Mr Leip- er said two res­cues were con­ducted — one near Parabur­doo and one near Nul­lagine — in which ve­hi­cles had been swept away by flood­wa­ters.

Whim Creek Ho­tel man­ager Bob Bon­giorno was pre­par­ing for the worst as early track­ing maps had Stan headed right for the his­toric pub.

“We have pretty elab­o­rate pro­ce­dures to deal with cy­clones, be­ing in the middle of a few hills which di­vert wa­ter right into us,” he said.

“We didn’t even get any se­ri­ous wind gusts un­til we re­opened for lunch on Sun­day.”

Pyra­mid Sta­tion man­ager Glen Con­nell said while only record­ing 11.2mm over the week­end, hav­ing the rivers flow­ing was a “huge” re­lief.

Pic­ture: Tom Zaun­mayr

Pic­tures: Tom Zaun­mayr

Sun­set on Fri­day night as a trop­i­cal low de­vel­ops off the coast.

Joe Madaff surfs at Point Samson.

Surfers lined up at Point Samson

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