Woodside prepares for Tropical Cyclone Veronica

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28 March, 2019

Another storm, Cyclone Trevor has battered the Northern Territory of Australia in the past 48 hours.

In Western Australia, the strong winds snapped trees and caused minor power outages but there were no immediate reports of injuries.

An area stretching from Karratha to Port Hedland was enduring gale-force winds of more than 125km/h, the Bureau of Meteorology said.

"The winds have picked up a massive amount".

Port Hedland Mayor Camilo Blanco said on Saturday afternoon that residents should evacuate or "bunker down" before the cyclone tears along the northwest coast. Significant river rises are expected with some areas getting 500mm of rain over the next few days.

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

"Woodside is closely monitoring the impact of Tropical Cyclone Veronica, which was located approximately 95 km east north east of Karratha at 5.00 am AWST on Monday 25 March".

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"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".

"Don't take matters into your own hands", Mr McGowan said.

Meanwhile, Cyclone Trevor has weakened into a tropical low after wreaking havoc in eastern Northern Territory as it made landfall as a Category 4 storm on March 23 with winds reaching up to 250 kilometres per hour.

Fortescue said it expected a 1.5 to 2 million tonnes of iron ore shipments to be delayed due to Veronica, assuming that Port Hedland reopened in the next day.

The delay in the cyclone's movement will give people around the area to prepare for the destructive winds for an extended period on Sunday and Monday.

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

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