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Cyclone Dominic Drenches NW Australia January 30, 2009
Cyclone Dominic's clockwise circulation can be seen as the storm swirled off northwestern Australia on Monday.
The northwest Australian city of Onslow began cleaning up on Tuesday from wind damage and flooding brought on when Cyclone Dominic made landfall just a few miles east of town.

The cyclone attained only tropical storm strength but was considered a Category 2 cyclone under the country’s Bureau of Meteorology standards.

The Australian Broadcasting Corp. reports destructive wind gusts of up to 85 mph (135 km/h) and nearly 8 inches (200 milllimetres) of rainfall were brought in by the storm.

The roof of the Onslow library was partially blown off, and the local hospital reported water damage due to the heavy rain and resulting flooding.

High winds and rough seas in coastal waters forced oil companies to shut down about half of the country’s offshore petroleum output.

The loss of about 200,000 barrels of crude per day on the world market contributed to an increase in oil prices.

Dominic was the third cyclone of the season in the eastern Indian Ocean and Timor Sea, which normally runs from December to April.

The previous storm, Billy, forced the shutdown of several oil and gas operations for nearly a week during late December.

Cyclone Dominic Track

Satellite Loop Data: CIMSS