Severe tropical cyclone Veronica, Sunday 24 March 2019

Twin cyclones. Tropical Cyclone Veronica and Tropical Cyclone Trevor over northern Australia

Veronica is the third tropical cyclone this season and it comes as cyclone Trevor whips through the Northern Territory.

The storm brought very destructive gusts of more than 200km/h as it tracked along the coast between Karratha and Port Hedland yesterday evening.

Port Hedland Mayor Camilo Blanco said on Saturday afternoon that residents should evacuate or "bunker down" before the cyclone tears along the northwest coast.

The weather bureau said heavy rainfall "conducive to major flooding" is likely over the Pilbara coast and nearby inland areas throughout Sunday and into Monday.

Widespread heavy rainfall and very unsafe storm tides, causing very risky coastal inundation, are also expected.

"We are expecting a prolonged period-12 hours or more-of destructive winds near the core of the cyclone". The iron ore mining region is said to be generally well prepared for cyclones that lash its coast frequently.

Roof and tree damage has been reported at towns in the Pilbara region.

"The rain has petered off a bit but it was belting down", he said.

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People living inland are on blue alert, while those in or near the communities of Barrow Island, Pannawonica, Mardie and surrounding areas are on a yellow alert.

Trevor forced mass evacuations in the Gulf of Carpentaria before it made landfall on Saturday as a category four cyclone, with wind gusts of up to 250km/h.

Once the immediate risks have passed, Woodside's focus will remain the ongoing welfare of our people, their families and our communities, and the safe return to full operations of our production facilities.

There is a potential for flooding south of the cattle farming region devastated by floodwaters last month, but meteorologists are watching closely.

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.

Cyclones are frequent in Australia's tropical north and rarely claim lives.

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

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