Tropical Cyclone Stan has crossed the coastline in WA

TROPICAL Cyclone Stan has crossed the coastline in Western Australia's north-west Pilbara region, bringing heavy rainfall and wind gusts of up to 140 kilometres per hour.

The system, which remains at a category two level, made landfall just east of Pardoo and is tracking in a south-south-easterly direction at around 20 kilometres per hour.

The Bureau of Meteorology said Stan would move inland this morning and gradually weaken.

A red alert, the highest warning level, has been issued for people between Port Hedland and Wallal, including Pardoo, Eighty Mile and Wallal.

Stan is not expected to directly hit populated areas, but residents are on alert for strong winds, heavy rains and dangerous storm tides, especially near the cyclone's centre.

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