Cyclone Veronica weakening off WA coast
A tropical cyclone off Western Australia's Pilbara coast has weakened to a category one but a red alert remains in place for Karratha.
Cyclone Veronica was carrying wind gusts up to 120km/h as it slowly tracked along the coast between the town and Port Hedland overnight.
Veronica was a category four on Saturday before making landfall on Sunday, bringing destructive winds that downed trees and damaged roofs, heavy rain that caused flooding and a storm surge that eroded beaches.
A Department of Fire and Emergency Services spokesman said the SES had responded to about 50 callouts by 2.15pm yesterday.
A red alert is in place for people in or near communities between Mardie and Whim Creek including Point Samson, Wickham, Roebourne, Karratha and Dampier.
Veronica weakened below cyclone intensity over night.
After being forced to bunker down for the weekend, people in Port Hedland have been given the all clear but are urged to take care to avoid damage-related hazards.
A Walkabout Hotel spokeswoman said punters had returned to the pub, where a bit of mopping up had been required, but the impact of the cyclone hadn't been as fierce as feared.
"I was terrified, packing up my caravan thinking it was going to blow away," she told AAP.
The ports of Ashburton, Dampier and Port Hedland were closed on Friday.
Oil and gas producer Woodside evacuated all personnel from its offshore production platforms, and is operating the Karratha gas plant and Pluto LNG plant using essential staff only.
Four babies were born at the hospital in Hedland during the cyclone and one in Karratha, including one named Veronica.
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