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Cyclone George battered the WA coast overnight.

Cyclone George battered the WA coast overnight. (Bureau of Meteorology)

Three reported dead after WA cyclone

Western Australian Premier Alan Carpenter has revealed up to three people may have died when cyclone George hit a rail construction camp in the state's north-west this morning.

Emergency services earlier received a report that up to 20 people had been injured and at least one person had been killed at the rail camp, about 100 kilometres south of Port Hedland.

Winds of up to 275 kilometres an hour hit the camp run by the Fortescue Metals Group this morning.

Authorities have yet to confirm the casualty figures but Mr Carpenter has told ABC radio up to three people may have died.

"We have got reports, unconfirmed reports, of three fatalities there and an unknown number of people injured in highly destructive wind impact on those mining camps," he said.

The Fire and Emergency Services Authority says it hopes to use a helicopter to take the injured to Port Hedland Regional Hospital.

There are an estimated 300 people at the camp.

Overnight, the cyclone lashed the town of Port Hedland with strong winds and heavy rain, lifting rooves, uprooting trees and downing power poles.

At least one home has been lost, powerlines have been damaged and areas have been left without electricity and telephone connections.

A Puma helicopter has been sent from Karratha with a doctor, nurse, police officers and members of the State Emergency Service to the remote camp site.

There are also unconfirmed reports people may still be trapped inside buildings at the rail camp.

The helicopter will ferry the injured to Port Hedland Regional Hospital and take paramedics back to the site.

The area is still being battered by heavy rain and strong winds.


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