• Broome has smashed a 27 year record with massive rainfalls over the weekend (Supplied )Source: Supplied
The tourist town in Western Australia’s top end was threatened with their fourth cyclone over the weekend, just weeks after being left isolated for a number of days due to heavy rain.
By
Rangi Hirini

Source:
NITV News
19 Feb 2018 - 12:48 PM  UPDATED 19 Feb 2018 - 1:49 PM

For the fourth time since November, when cyclone season began, Broome locals had to brace for the onslaught of another tropical cyclone.

Luckily for the coastal town, Cyclone Kelvin missed them but did provide the town with massive rainfall.

The Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) of Western Australia's data reviewed last Friday, Broome went through its wettest February Day on record.

As of 6pm (AWST) the bureau’s data showed Broome has a rainfall amount of 194.8mm since 9am that morning, smashing the previous record of 181.6mm from 1991.

Broome’s average February rainfall is normally around 177.4mm.

Derby, located 220 kilometre north of Broome also suffered a wet weekend with over 200mm of rain hitting the small Kimberley town. 

Although Broome missed out on Cyclone Kelvin, Anna Plains station located 150 south of Broome was hit hard with destructive winds and heavy rainfalls.

The family run station was in the direct path of Tropical Cyclone Kelvin, owners David Stoate told ABC Kimberley the damage wasn’t too bad despite the 150 kilometre wind gusts.

"I guess you've got to grateful it's a category two and not a category five," he said.

The cyclone passed over as a Category 2 early Sunday morning and weakened as it moved more inland.

At the peak of the storm, Cyclone Klevin became a Category 2 but now has downgraded to a Category 1 as it moves more inland to the Pilbara, passing east of Port Hedland towards Marble Bar.

The cyclone continues to move towards the East Pilbara and continues to weaken.

Though, wind gusts are still strong with damaging winds of 100 kilometres per hour expected to hit some areas.

The bureau warning of more heavy rainfall and flooding for both the Kimberley and the Pilbara.

Flood warnings have been issued for the North Kimberley Rivers, West Kimberley Rivers and Sandy Desert catchments, with flooding is no longer expected in the East Kimberley and Fitzroy River.

There are some parts of the Great Northern Highway are closed, with fears food supply to Broome could once again be cut off. 

Cyclone season in Western Australia’s north-west tends to last from November to April.