In Western Australia, tropical cyclone Stan is threatening lives and homes in the Pilbara region after making landfall on Sunday morning. Western Australia’s Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) said a red alert — the highest possible — was currently in position for people between “Port Hedland and Wallal, extending inland to Marble Bar and including Pardoo, Wallal, Eighty Mile and Marble Bar”. The alert does not include Port Hedland or South Hedland. “There is a threat to lives and homes.
You are in danger and need to act immediately,” DFES said on its website. The Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) instrument aboard NASA-NOAA’s Suomi NPP satellite captured a visible light image of Tropical Cyclone Stan as it was approaching northwestern Australia’s Pilbara Coast on 6:15 UTC (1:15 a.m. EST) on Jan. 29. The VIIRS image showed a thick band of strong thunderstorms wrapping into the low-level center from the western quadrant. It’s the same quadrant where RapidScat showed the strongest winds were occurring. FULL REPORT