The Bureau of Meteorology's Dampier radar sustained significant damage during the passage of Damien. Bureau Home > Tropical Cyclones > Past Tropical Cyclones Mr Blackshaw said the DFES had received more than 100 calls for assistance, but he expected that figure to "increase significantly". Department of Fire and Emergency Services Commissioner Darren Klemm said problems caused by flooding were still to play out. About 10,000 customers were affected by power outages on Saturday night and some suffered intermittent phone reception issues. The BOM said the system had weakened as it moved inland, and by 9:00am AWST on Sunday had been downgraded to a category one system. Homes are without power and trees have been flattened as tropical cyclone Damien batters Western Australia's northern coast. Damien delivered rainfall and river flows to Pastoral areas that had been drier than average for at least two years and filled many dams and water resources including the Harding Dam, the main water supply for the Karratha/ Dampier areas. "I grabbed the cat and went to run outside but it was really, really strong obviously and I knew the tree was blocking a hole, a gap in the fence to my brother's house. **, This page was created at 20:56 on Thursday 24 December 2020 (UTC), © Copyright Commonwealth of Australia 2020, Bureau of Meteorology (ABN 92 637 533 532) | CRICOS Provider 02015K | Disclaimer | Privacy | Accessibility. All communities, including Tom Price to Nullagine and Marble Bar have now been given the all-clear. Wed, 5 February 2020 11:46PM The Pilbara coast is bracing for a tropical cyclone predicted to hit over the weekend, which could bring serious flooding due to abnormally high tides. The storm quickly developed into a Category 1 tropical cyclone and was given the name Damien by the Australian Bureau of Meteorology (BOM). It was located near latitude 17.5 degrees south and longitude 118.1 degrees east, about 315 kilometers (196 miles) north of Port Hedland and 385 kilometers (239 miles) north-northeast of Karratha. As of Friday afternoon local time, Damien strengthened into a Category 3 severe tropical cyclone on the BOM scale. On Feb. 7 at 12:25 a.m. EST (1725 UTC), NASA's Aqua satellite passed over Tropical Cyclone Damien, located in the Southern Indian Ocean and off Australia's Pilbara coast. Horizon Power spokeswoman Michelle South said crews had successfully restored power to a number of Karratha suburbs on Sunday morning. Ms Moss said she tried to warn authorities for days about the empty public housing home next door as preparations were made in the lead-up to Cyclone Damien. "We were hunkered under the table. Damien made landfall as a category 3 severe tropical cyclone around 3:30pm AWST 8 February over the Karratha-Dampier region, with the eye moving directly over Karratha. But she said nothing was done about the large items lying in the yard. The low moved offshore, near the Dampier Peninsula, north of Broome during 5 February. The Bureau of Meteorology has confirmed Severe Tropical Cyclone Damien has reached the coast near Dampier, with its effects being felt at the industrial port and the nearby city of Karratha. Headline: Gales expected on the Pilbara coast this evening or overnight. "The property will be assessed for damage as soon as it is safe to do so, as will be the case for all reports of cyclone damage to our properties.". The season officially began on 1 November 2019 and ended on 30 April 2020; however, tropical cyclones can form at any time of year, as evidenced by Tropical Cyclone Mangga during May 2020. Tropical Cyclone Damien brings rain, gale force winds to WA's Pilbara Sunday February 9, 2020 - 07:15 EDT Emergency crews will soon begin assessing the damage from a tropical cyclone in Western Australia's Pilbara region. My brother rang and just asked where I was and I told him I was under the table. Here's what we know, There have been many strange Boxing Day Tests. Tropical Cyclone Damien appeared as a Category 1 storm on Thursday in the northwest reaches of the state of Western Australia before moving offshore and gaining speed, said Brad Hall, a … DFES incident controller Mr Blackshaw warned flooding would be the next big risk to the Pilbara and he reminded people not to drive onto flooded roads. 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Gales are expected on the Pilbara coast this afternoon or evening, ahead of a severe cyclone impact on Saturday. A red alert is in place, with WA’s Pilbara having bunkered down in anticipation of the extreme weather. Most requests for help through St John Ambulance were dealt with "relatively quickly" and no significant calls were made overnight on Saturday. This service may include material from Agence France-Presse (AFP), APTN, Reuters, AAP, CNN and the BBC World Service which is copyright and cannot be reproduced. The Port of Port Hedland was closed for more than 25 hours, moving into a cyclone stage four shutdown at 6pm on Friday before reopening at 12.30pm on Saturday. "A lot of it is damage to trees and the like and then the damage of that, those trees onto structures, I will say it's early days yet in terms of exactly what the extent of the damage is, but certainly vegetation impacting sheds and houses and the like is where we're at right now.". 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