Tropical Cyclone Veronica: Parts of Pilbara coast are under red alert

Australian iron ore supply shouldn't be too disrupted by Cyclone Veronica, unless it floods the mines

"It will approach the Pilbara coast during the weekend", the bureau said.

Two powerful cyclones are blowing toward Australia's sparsely populated north where around 2,000 people have been evacuated from the east coast of the Northern Territory ahead of strong winds, mountainous waves and flooding rain.

Cyclone Trevor slammed into northern Australia Saturday morning with 250 kph wind gusts expected to cause destruction in remote settlements and surrounding wilderness.

By Sunday afternoon, forecasters believe Trevor will weaken below cyclone strength and reach Tennant Creek, 1000km south of Darwin, as a tropical low in the evening.

The NT News reported Cyclone Trevor was now a Category 3 system intensifying in the hours just before dawn.

Thousands of residents in the cyclone's path have been evacuated, including the entire coastline from Numbulwar to the Northern Territory-Queensland border.

"It's really important that people understand this is a very serious cyclone".

"Turn around, don't drown, we may not be there to save you", he told AP reporters in Darwin late on Friday.

The Department of Fire and Emergency Services has urged residents to get ready for unsafe weather by securing loose material around their homes and ensuring their emergency kits are complete.

"Communities and homelands in and around the Carpentaria district and extending into the Barkley district can expect the weather to continue to pick up today and into tonight", the Bureau of Meteorology's Todd Smith said.

Trevor left behind a trail of damage in Queensland's Cape York Peninsula earlier this week, uprooting trees, causing flooding and roof damage, closing schools and roads, and knocking out power supplies.

CNN quoted the Australian Meteorological Department as saying that Cyclone Trevor, the equivalent of a category three or four hurricane, is expected to strengthen and hit the eastern side of the Gulf of Carpentaria on Saturday.

A spokesman for the Western Australia branch of the BOM said Veronica was expected to slow down as it approached the coast near the mining centre of Port Hedland with the "potential for a very unsafe storm surge" at a time when tides are already near their high for the year.

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