The storm slowly intensified over several days, attaining Category 2 force before making landfall along the remote Pilbara coast.
The Australian Bureau of Meteorology warned that Lua could bring destructive winds and heavy rainfall into the weekend.
Maximum sustained winds near the center of the storm were predicted to be near 105 mph when it made landfall near Hedland late Friday.
Cyclone Lua Track
Satellite Loop Data: CIMSS