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Australia's Port Hedland closed due to Tropical Cyclone Heidi

01-11-2012 12:54 BJT

SYDNEY, Jan. 11 (Xinhua) -- Port Hedland of Western Australia, the nation's highest tonnage port, has been closed down in preparation for Tropical Cyclone Heidi approaching the state's Pilbara coast, the Port Hedland Port Authority said on Wednesday.

A cyclone warning has been issued for coastal areas between Sandfire and Mardie, including Port Hedland, Roebourne, Karratha and Dampier.

Tropical Cyclone Heidi is estimated to be 220 kilometers north of Port Hedland and moving south towards the coast, the weather bureau said.

Heidi is expected to bring winds of up to 100 kilometers an hour to the coastal areas, extending west during Wednesday, it said.

Port Hedland Port Authority spokesman Steed Farrell told the Australian Associated Press (AAP) that the port had activated its cyclone contingency plan at 4 p.m. (local time) on Tuesday in preparation for Heidi.

"We cleared inbound traffic into the port and cleared the port of vessels that needed to get out," he said.

Farrell said the port would remain closed until further notice from the weather bureau.


Editor:Bai Yang |Source: Xinhua

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