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Friday, January 22, 2010

Tropical Cyclone Magda hits Kimberly Coast


Tropical Cyclone Magda struck the Kimberly Coast of Western Australia yesterday as a Level 2 cyclone. Magda came ashore in the same area that Tropical Cyclone Laurence drenched just over a month or so ago. Winds were strong enough to cause some damage, but there were no reports of injuries.

Tropical cyclone Magda may have damaged some buildings as it crossed the Kimberley coast but there are no reports of injuries, West Australian officials say.

About 20 people had bunkered down in a cyclone shelter at the pearling community of Kuri Bay, north of Broome, which is near where the category two cyclone made landfall on Friday, the Fire and Emergency Services Authority (FESA) said.

"The people are fine and there are no injuries," a FESA spokesman said.

"There have been reports of some infrastructure damage but nothing is confirmed.

Magda is expected to weaken as it moves inland today. Severe weather warnings are still posted in the path of the storm though due to the potential for winds and flooding.

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