Tropical Cyclone Stan crossed the West Australian coast on Sunday morning, but Pilbara station owners say it was weaker than expected.
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AAP
31 Jan 2016 - 1:16 AM  UPDATED 31 Jan 2016 - 3:18 PM

Tropical Cyclone Stan passed directly over Yarrie Station in Western Australia's Pilbara, but station owner Annabelle Coppin says it was nothing to write home about.

Communities dotted throughout the isolated Pilbara region braced themselves as the first major storm of the season made landfall on Sunday morning, but were left underwhelmed by the category two cyclone.

"It was a fizzer, the eye went over us - it went right over the top of us - when the eye goes over you, you think you're going to get more rain but we've only had 18mm so far," Ms Coppin told AAP.

Ms Coppin said winds had reached about 80km/h at her station, about 150km east of Port Hedland and 60km inland from the Pilbara coast.

The tropical cyclone crossed the coast at Pardoo Roadhouse at 2am on Sunday morning but was downgraded to category one by 9am as it moved southeast over the eastern Pilbara at 19km/h, gradually weakening.

Wind gusts of more than 130km/h were recorded off the coast of WA at the Rowley Shoals, while Carlindie received the heaviest rainfall of 125mm.

Inland parts of the east Pilbara and the adjacent North Interior east of Marble Bar and Nullagine, to Cotton Creek and Telfer are on high alert but flood warnings have been cancelled for the wider Pilbara and Gascoyne regions.

The Bureau of Meteorology says despite wider flood warnings being cancelled, flooding is still expected in the Pilbara Coastal Rivers.

A red alert remains in place for areas surrounding Marble Bar and Woodie Woodie Mine.

Gales, with wind gusts of up to 90km/h, are still occurring to the east of the cyclone through the eastern Pilbara, with the Interior district bracing for similar conditions as Stan accelerates into the southeast on Sunday afternoon.

Several major roads, including sections of the Great Northern Highway, remain closed.

A Department of Fire and Emergency Services spokeswoman said there had been no reports of damage.

Ms Coppin said many stations in the Pilbara continued to wait for the first heavy downfall since March, 2015.

"We thought it was going to break the dry, it will definitely help, but it's not going to be enough to get us through the season," she said.

"Rain is everything for this country, not only for the cattle, but for the biodiversity of the country as well."

Further west, John Bettini from De Grey station said although the wind was weaker than expected, Cyclone Stan had delivered more rain than it did to his neighbours.

"We didn't get much wind but we picked up 75mm overnight and 12mm yesterday, which is very handy, it's fantastic."

An evacuation centre remains open in South Hedland, but the Karratha evacuation facility has been closed.