Cyclone weakens , spares western Australia major damage

AP News
Posted: Jan 30, 2016 8:56 PM

SYDNEY (AP) — A tropical cyclone weakened after hitting land in western Australia on Sunday and has caused no major damage in the sparsely-populated areas so far, officials said.

Tropical Cyclone Stan failed to reach the predicted Category 3 strength after crossing east Pilbara coast in Western Australia state.

It packed maximum sustained winds of 100 kilometers (60 miles) per hour and gusts of up to 130 kph (80 mph), but potential for heavy rain still remains as the cyclone was moving inland with widespread rainfall of between 50 mm (1.9 inches) and 100 mm (3.9 inches), said meteorologist Joe Courtney.

Stan is the first cyclone of the Australian season, which begins officially on Nov. 1.