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Veronica delivers torrential rain while weakening

Ben Domensino, Tuesday March 26, 2019 - 08:59 EDT

Tropical Cyclone Veronica has dumped more than a year's worth of rain along parts of WA's Pilbara coast in less than 12 hours.

Veronica was downgraded to a low pressure system at 5am AWST on Tuesday, roughly 55km to the west of Dampier.

Image: Ex-Tropical Cyclone Veronica located near Western Australia's Pilbara coast on Tuesday morning.

Despite weakening, the system has continued to deliver heavy rain to areas southeast of its core during the last 12-24 hours.

Roebourne Airport received more than 250mm of rain in just two hours early on Tuesday morning. By 5am, the site had received more than a year's worth of rain during the previous 12 hours.

As of 5am, Roebourne Airport had received 332.4mm of rain since 9am on Monday. This is their highest daily total in more than 100 years of records.

Remarkably, Karratha Airport had only received 13mm of rain during the 12 hours up to 5am on Tuesday, despite being closer than Roebourne to Veronica's core.

Further east, Port Hedland picked up another 134mm of rain overnight, bringing their three-day total to 355mm. This is their wettest three-day spell since 1967 and exceeds their annual average of 317.7mm.

Ex-Tropical Cyclone Veronica will continue moving towards the west southwest near the Pilbara Coast on Tuesday, before heading out into the Indian Ocean from Wednesday.

Rain will ease over the Pilbara during the next 24 hours, although flooring is likely to continue into the middle of the week for some areas.

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