Cyclone Carlos Moves Out To Sea

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    AN all-clear has been announced for storm-lashed coastal communities in Western Australia’s Gascoyne region as tropical cyclone Carlos moves out to sea.

    The category 2 system brought high winds and heavy rain to the region’s north yesterday, felling trees, flooding roads and cutting power but no major damage has been reported.

    Authorities have declared an all-clear for communities between Exmouth and Coral Bay, with wind and storm surge dangers now over.

    A cyclone warning has also been cancelled for coastal communities between Exmouth and Carnarvon.

    The Bureau of Meteorology said that at 5am (WST) today Carlos was about 290km west northwest of Carnarvon and 355km west southwest of Exmouth, moving west southwest away out to sea at 19km/h.

    Gales are no longer expected to affect the mainland.

    A number of roads in the region remained closed this morning.

    WA’s Department of Education also advised that several schools in the Gascoyne and adjacent Pilbara region would remain closed today as clean-ups continued in the wake of stormy weather.

    Crews in Exmouth were working to restore full power to some customers who lost supply when the town was hammered by high winds and rain yesterday.

    Power was also being restored to residents who lost supply when a mini-tornado struck Karratha on Monday, damaging 43 homes in the Pilbara town.

    Carlos has forced a temporary interruption to gas production at the Varanus Island gas processing hub in the region but the WA Government says household consumers are not expected to be affected.

    Energy Minister Peter Collier said production was stopped at 12.30am (WST) yesterday but natural gas supply was expected to return to normal within seven days.

    “However, residents are asked to take voluntary measures to reduce electricity and natural gas use, especially between the hours of 6am and 10pm (WST), to assist the state to manage this short-term disruption,” he said in a statement.

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