Heavy rain spreads into southern WADrew Casper-Richardson, Saturday March 2, 2013 - 10:37 EDT
Parts of southern Western Australia have had their highest rainfall in nearly 30 years as ex-Tropical Cyclone Rusty continued to trek south.
After lashing the eastern Pilbara Coast with flooding rains, destructive winds and large waves, Severe Tropical Cyclone Rusty moved inland, taking heavy rain with it. Since making landfall, Rusty has moved south through central Western Australia where it weakened below cyclone strength. The heavy rain has continued though with widespread falls of 50-100mm.
To 9am on Friday some of the highest totals were in the northern Goldfields and Interior districts. Lorna Glen picked up 108mm which is their highest daily total since 1997. Carnegie had their highest fall in nearly 30 years with 87mm recorded.
During Friday the rain continued its trek south. To 9am on Saturday the heaviest falls were from around Kalgoorlie through to the Esperance Coast. Kalgoorlie itself had 88mm , making it their highest in 18 years and Esperance has had 51mm so far.
The rain will continue on Saturday with further falls of 10-20mm likely with isolated falls exceeding 30mm. Rain will ease later in the day with a few isolated showers lingering around the region on Sunday.
© Weatherzone 2013
More breaking news
South Australians are waking to assess the damage amid rising floodwaters, after two nights of severe weather that battered much of the state.
Holiday-makers were evacuated from their cabins and caravans in the middle of the night at a Barossa Valley caravan park after a nearby river broke its banks.
Winds sweeping South Australia have plunged thousands of residents into darkness again for another night only a day after the entire state suffered a blackout.