The WA Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) has warned residents of the dangers of localised flooding brought by the former cyclone Stan. Tropical cyclone meteorologist Joe Courtney adds that it was bringing in heavy falls and could cause flash floods in some areas of the eastern Pilbara.
“It’s still likely to cause heavy rain and strong winds as it goes through the interior of the state, so some of the desert communities will feel the impacts of this even going into [Monday] morning as it tracks towards the South Australian border,” Courtney says. “The heaviest rain in the centre probably falls up to around 100 millimetres, we’ve had totals of 125 millimetres being reported, will be a bit patchy but certainly near the centre itself, falls near 100 mills are likely.”
Stan crossed the coast east of Pardoo on Sunday as a category two after failing to strengthen to category three. It then downgraded to category one and forecasters claim that it will gradually weaken over Monday and Tuesday.
Still, the residents of Marble Bar in WA Pilbara are asked to remain alert. The DFES announced a red alert for the area between Marble Bar and the Woodie Woodie Mine, stating that people are in danger and the need to act immediately is of utmost importance.
A severe weather warning is still in place for people in the region of the state bordered by Cotton Creek to Giles, east to the South Australian border, along the border to Eucla and west along the coast to Eyre, Balladonia, Leinster and Wiluna, ABC AU reports.
Paul Leiper from the DFES West Pilbara office says that everyone seemed to be well-prepared and no significant damage has taken place in Pardoo. However, Leiper insists residents to stay informed and follow the authority’s instructions closely.