Australia: Cyclone Veronica hits west coast, red alert issued

A red alert has been issued along Australia's Pilbara coast as severe tropical Cyclone Veronica begins to make landfall.

The centre of the storm is currently located around 95 kilometres west of Port Hedland. It has slowed down on its approach and now looks like it may even stall there for a time.

The cyclone's core has reached land and is over the coast just east of Roebourne and west of Port Hedland. The centre is forecast to remain near the coast for about eight to 12 hours.

Legendre Island reported a wind gust of 157km/h on Sunday morning before the storm. At the same time, Roebourne recorded 139km/h and Port Hedland 119km/h.
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