Cyclone Rusty

February 28, 2013 by  

Cyclone Rusty, A radar image of cyclone Rusty as it nears Port Hedland in western Australia. Photograph: Australian Bureau of Meteorology/Reuters
A major storm has missed Australia’s major iron ore port and crossed a sparsely populated stretch of the west coast.

The country’s meteorology office said in a statement on Thursday that cyclone Rusty was weakening as it tracked inland from the coast of Western Australia state but remained destructive with gusts up to 78mph.

Port Hedland was left relatively unscathed by the storm in which gusts reached 140mph late on Wednesday night as it crossed the coast from the Indian Ocean to the south of the town.

Residents were returning to their homes from storm shelters on Thursday after the danger was declared passed. The iron ore export facilities were shut down on Wednesday for fear of damage.

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