The category three storm brought very destructive gusts at more than 200 kilometres per hour as it tracked along the coast between Karratha and Port Hedland on Sunday evening.
Premier Mark McGowan urged people to stay indoors, even those who had weathered cyclones before, because the vicious storm was moving slowly.
— Kristy O’Brien (@OBrien_KristyL) March 24, 2019
Severe Tropical Cyclone Veronica continues to be slow moving and is producing DESTRUCTIVE winds and heavy rainfall on the central Pilbara coast between Karratha and Port Hedland, including Roebourne. #CycloneVeronica https://t.co/B1MVXBYXhh pic.twitter.com/ybx39idlMY
— Bureau of Meteorology, Western Australia (@BOM_WA) March 24, 2019
— Gian De Poloni (@GianDePoloni) March 24, 2019
“People in that part of the world are used to cyclones but this one is different,” Mr McGowan said on Sunday.
The Bureau of Meteorology said the storm will weaken overnight and into Monday morning when it will begin to move west.
But the danger will remain for some time and communities should expect to remain indoors through Monday.
Widespread rainfall means major flooding over the Pilbara coast is likely through the day.
Rivers are rising and roads and communities could be cut off and isolated.
A dangerous storm tide was also predicted to hit the region in the early hours of Monday morning and damaging waves are predicted to bring inundation. Many communities remain at red alert status.