Streets like rivers as cyclone threat subsides

Staff reporterThe West Australian
The streets of Karratha have already been flooded.
Camera IconThe streets of Karratha have already been flooded. Credit: Pilbara News

North West streets resemble rivers after being lashed with heavy rain as a cyclone threatened the region today.

Flood warnings are in place for parts of the Kimberley and Pilbara. The cyclone alert has been lifted for the area and the all clear has been given.

The Department of Fire and Emergency Services says the threat has now passed and it is safe for people from Mardie to Exmouth to return to their homes.

People are being advised to take care on roads and not drive into water where the depth is unknown.

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People are also been warned to stay out of the floodwaters.

At 6pm, DFES said the tropical low was moving further away from the coast. While it may reach tropical cyclone intensity overnight, DFES said it should not affect the mainland.

The system is about 260km north west of Exmouth.

However, people in the Pilbara are being told to expect thunderstorms which could bring heavy rain and isolated dangerous weather.

“People need to be prepared for these conditions and remain vigilant,” DFES said.

Marble Bar Road in both directions from Munjina-Roy Hill road to Marble Bar.

The following roads are open to 4WDs and trucks only:

Marble Bar Road from Port Hedland to Marble Bar.

Ropon Hills Road from Marble Bar to the Telfer turnoff.

North West Coastal Highway between Port Hedland to Roebourne.

Nanutarra Munjina Road from the Paraburdoo-Tom Price Road intersection to Fortescue Crossing Drive

One lane is open on the Great Northern Highway from Meekatharra to Capricorn.

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