SYDNEY: Australia’s three largest iron ore ports were shut down today ahead of tropical cyclone Rusty which is whipping up rough seas along the resource-rich west coast.
The Bureau of Meterology warned that the storm system was likely to intensify as the cyclone slowly approaches land.
‘There is a high risk that Rusty will cross the coast as a severe tropical cyclone,’ it said in a statement.
Rusty was about 305 kilometres (190 miles) north of Port Hedland, some 1,300 kilometres north of Perth, today and there was a hurricane-force marine wind warning in place for the Pilbara coast.
Cyclones are a common feature of Australia’s warmer months on its northeast and northwest coasts.