Powerful Cyclone Threatens Western Australia

Northwestern Australia is bracing for a powerful cyclone, which is on course to sweep across some of the world's largest iron ore mines and shipping ports with winds of up to 200 kilometers an hour.

Cyclone Christine is predicted to make landfall late Monday or early Tuesday, between Karratha and Port Hedland.

Ships waiting to be loaded with iron ore are seen at Port Hedland in the Pilbara region of Western Australia. /Reuters Ships waiting to be loaded with iron ore are seen at Port Hedland in the Pilbara region of Western Australia. /Reuters

Emergency services said the storm is likely to bring rapid and powerful flooding, with tides significantly above the normal high tide mark.

Australian authorities have issued a "red alert" and residents have been ordered to stay at home and not emerge until an official all clear has been declared.

VOA News / Dec. 31, 2013 08:18 KST