A "very destructive" category 4 cyclone slammed into Australia's remote northern coast on Saturday (March 23), while a second, equally powerful storm bore down on the country's west.
Trevor may keep tropical cyclone intensity for at least 24 hours after landfall as moves inland, with heavy rain and damaging winds continuing.
Speaking by phone from her family's vehicle as they drove inland, Christine Sauer said only the local police and utilities workers remained in the community of about 900 people.
Cyclone Trevor is expected to produce gale-force winds, rain and tidal surges 300 kilometres out from its core, the Bureau of Meteorology says. Mercifully this part of Australia is sparsely-populated.
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.
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Two-thousand one hundred people from East Arnhem Land have also registered at emergency evacuation centres, with 1200 sleeping at cyclone shelters across the Territory and the remainder choosing to stay with family, friends or in accommodation.
However, when it hits land around 00:00 GMT on Sunday, it will still be a strong system with wind gusts of approximately 225km/h. This is on top of the eight-metre waves that the system will be generating. A Flood Watch is current for the Carpentaria Coastal Rivers and Barkly regions. The Australian Bureau of Meteorology has forecast as much as 500mm rainfall is expected in some places.
Cyclone Veronica is set cross the Pilbara coastline between Karratha and Port Hedland late tonight or very early tomorrow morning, bringing with her wind gusts of up to 275km/h and major storm tides.
The Pilbara Ports Authority has cleared all large commercial vessels from the harbors and anchorages at Port Hedland, Ashburton and Port of Dampier.
Cyclones in Australia's north are fairly common, but to have two such large cyclones to be making landfall in quick succession is rare.