Thursday, January 12, 2012

Clean-up begins in the wake of Cyclone Heidi, Australia

More than 3,500 homes and businesses in Port Hedland are without power after Tropical Cyclone Heidi swept through the Pilbara town this morning.

The system has been downgraded to category one and is losing power as it moves inland through the north west of Western Australia.

While residents are reporting the worst of the cyclone has now passed Port Hedland and South Hedland, a red alert is still current for Pardoo to Whim Creek, where authorities are urging residents to remain indoors.

An all clear is expected to be issued this afternoon.

The ABC's Elise Batchelor lives in Port Hedland and says Heidi packed winds of up to 150km per hour in the height of the storm.

"We've got a smashed pot or two; I've got chimes going mad and in fact the man hole in our house up in the ceiling has been lifted off by the pressure of the wind," she said.

Ms Batchelor says residents are starting to go stir crazy as they are instructed to remain in their homes while emergency crews survey the damage. Read More