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Tiny Pardoo community bears brunt of Rusty

Thursday February 28, 2013 - 17:10 EDT
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Pardoo Station in the Pilbara bore the brunt of ex-Tropical Cyclone (Photo of Port Hedland). - ABC

The owner of a cattle station in the Pilbara, which bore the brunt of ex-Tropical Cyclone Rusty, says the damage is the worst he has ever seen.

The category three system crossed the coast yesterday afternoon, passing over the small community of Pardoo.

Station owner Graham Rogers says he awoke to discover dead cattle outside his door.

He says the impact of the cyclone was worse than any other he has experienced.

"Every room in the place has got water running through it, running through the ceilings, the rain was horizontal for 48 hours, a lot of tree damage and water point damage, a lot of stock losses," he said.

All clear

Meanwhile, Les Hayter from the Department of Fire and Emergency Services says the all clear has been given for all communities in the Pilbara.

"Rusty is no longer with us, but we have a severe weather warning," he said.

"So we just need to play it safe. They'll be no cyclone alerts anywhere. They've all been lifted."

Port Hedland escaped Rusty's full force, experiencing only minor flooding and minimal damage from fallen trees.

About 15 customers remain without electricity as Horizon Power repairs fallen powerlines.

Rio Tinto says it expects its Dampier and Cape Lambert ports to resume operations later today, along with Port Hedland's deep water port.

Qantas and Virgin will resume their Hedland flights this afternoon.

The Bureau of Meteorology's Neil Bennett says the low is expected to move into the Goldfields tomorrow, possibly bringing heavy rain.

"It may even produce some falls into eastern parts of the Central Wheatbelt, and maybe down into the Great Southern.," he said.

A severe weather warning is current for areas south of the system.


- ABC

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