Rusty weakening over northern WA

28 Feb, 2013 07:56 AM
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TROPICAL Cyclone Rusty is moving inland over northern WA after making landfall as a category three system on Wednesday.

At 5am WST, Rusty was located about 65km east northeast of Marble Bar in WA's eastern Pilbara district, gaining speed as it travels south.

The system made landfall near Pardoo as a category three severe tropical cyclone late on Wednesday, bringing with it destructive winds and flooding rain.

Wind gusts of up to 115km/h were recorded at Marble Bar yesterday afternoon.

Heavy rain also pushed inland and dumped a total of 173mm at Telfer Airport, which is the heaviest there since 2004.

This deluge caused the Nullagine River to exceed its major flood level this morning.

Wind and rain will ease today as Rusty pushes further inland, although gales may still affect Nullagine this morning and possibly Newman during the afternoon.

Flood warnings are also current for the De Grey river catchment, Pilbara coastal rivers and the West Kimberley, including Cape Laveque.

Rusty is likely to ease below cyclone strength later today as it moves south, although will bring notable rainfall to central and southern areas of the state.

Widespread falls of over 20mm are likely for central and southern parts of WA by the weekend. On Friday, parts of the Goldfields may see more than 60mm, which for Kalgoorlie would be the heaviest recorded in 13 years.

Rusty is the sixth tropical cyclone to have been named in Australian waters so far this season.

Weatherzone

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