Cyclone Peta off WA coast
The category 1 tropical cyclone is bringing rough weather to the Pilbara coast - footage courtesy Channel Ten sent in from Port Hedland.PT0M9S http://www.canberratimes.com.au/action/externalEmbeddedPlayer?id=d-2d6w4 620 349 January 23, 2013
A cyclone warning for parts of West Australia's Pilbara Coast has been cancelled, after ex-Tropical Cyclone Peta weakened late on Wednesday.
The Category 1 cyclone weakened rapidly after crossing the Pilbara coast just to the east of Point Samson at around 4pm on Wednesday, the Bureau of Meteorology said.
While further gales were not expected to hit the region, heavy rainfall was predicted for the area south of Karratha overnight with squally thunderstorms also possible.
Cyclone Peta floods the Pilbara in January 2013
The Pilbara in flood. Photo: Geoff Pritchard and perthweatherlive.com
A severe weather warning and a flood watch was issued overnight for the Pilbara.
It comes after mining giant Rio Tinto closed its Cape Lambert facility at Port Walcott and Dampier port on Tuesday in preparation for the wild weather.
It expects most of its coastal operations to resume on Thursday morning but the resumption of ship loading will depend on prevailing sea conditions.
Although the remnants of Tropical Cyclone Peta could move back off the west Pilbara coast later in the week, it was not expected to redevelop into a tropical cyclone, the BOM said.