Two Taiwanese fisherman drowned after being swept from their boat in mountains seas, whipped up by Cyclone Dean off Australia's northwestern coast on Friday (1 February).
SV House and wind blowing PULL BACK TO GV
CU Side of house and four people come out, into truck (commentary ends)
Tracking shot along street
GV Street and water (2 shots)
Tracking along street filled with water up to window (2 shots)
SV Waves on coast
SV Boat on rocks
GV House and wind blowing
REPORTER: "Against our better judgement we have gone ventured further. We've gone about three kilometres from the hotel and already from the comparative safety of our vehicles we've seen three houses loss their roofs. The place you're looking at at the moment - God only knows what the people inside can be thinking. Although we can't see them, they are probably huddled in some protected corner of the house, if there is one. Obviously the people have decided that the risk of entering into this storm, rather than staying in the house was better. They have taken their choice, they are inside their vehicle and now they will be taking off to presumably more safer quarters."
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Background: Two Taiwanese fisherman drowned after being swept from their boat in mountains seas, whipped up by Cyclone Dean off Australia's northwestern coast on Friday (1 February). The ship, Hsin Ho Chung 101, reported it was sinking, but later was out of danger after its engines had been restarted. Cyclone Dean crossed the coast between the mining towns of Port Headland and Goldsworthy, battering the centres with winds up to 120 miles an hour (192 kmh). A west Australian television crew ventured into the streets of Port Headland at the height of the storm.
SYNOPSIS: In Port Headland about one hundred people were evacuated from their homes. Forty houses were unroofed and windows were smashed. The winds ripped the roof off the local weather bureau, damaging vital radar equipment needed to track the storm. Trees were uprooted and debris from damaged houses was scattered over a large area.
Torrential rain caused widespread flooding, cutting roads and communications. Two temporary hospitals were established after floodwaters cut off the main Port Headland Hospital. The local police station was badly damaged in the flooding.
Pleasure boats and small craft were pounded by heavy seas with dozens either sunk or thrown onto rocks. Residents of Goldsworthy sheltered in the few remaining buildings left standing in the wake of Cyclone Amy, which devastated the town only three weeks before.