WA continues to suffer at hands of ex-cyclone Hilda

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Cable Beach Caravan Park after Cyclone Hilda
A visitor to Cable Caravan park snaps some of the damage. PIC: Kevin Gray

Former tropical Cyclone Hilda is continuing to bring wild weather to parts of Western Australia after wreaking havoc earlier this week in Broome and nearby Aboriginal communities.

The category one storm has since been downgraded to a tropical low but communities in parts of the Pilbara, Midwest-Gascoyne and Goldfields-Midlands are still being told to prepare for flash flooding.

Ex-tropical cyclone Hilda is now south southeast of Parnngurr and will slowly track southeast through South Interior. While the 120km/h wind gusts that battered Broome and parts of the Kimberley have subsided, the system is still dumping heavy rainfall.

At its height, police said Hilda had left some places looking like a ‘war zone’.

Damage was reported at tourist meccas like the exclusive Eco Beach resort, and the Cable Beach Caravan park.

One other consequence of the storm was the emergence of some wildlife into the streets.

Broome resident Judy Brittain lives near Cable Beach and said the cyclone had brought snakes out.

“It’s a bit like a battle zone down one of the streets, so a lot of damage,” Ms Brittain said. “I’ve seen a couple of tree snakes, luckily they weren’t our king browns, but I think the snakes are on the move too.”

Broome port recorded wind gusts of 128 kilometres per hour last Wednesday night, while Cygnet Bay, north of Broome, recorded 429 millimetres of rain in a 48-hour period, the highest ever recorded.

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