Cyclone Stan makes landfall in Western Australia

 Tropical Cyclone Stan crossing the Pilbara coast as a category 2 cyclone (AAP)
Tropical Cyclone Stan crossing the Pilbara coast as a category 2 cyclone (AAP)

Tropical cyclone Stan has made landfall in Western Australia.

The highest level red alert warning has been issued for residents in the path of the storm - which is packing wind gusts of up to 200km/h.

While in Sydney emergency services are still responding to more than 100 calls for help after another night of wild weather.

One home went up in flames after it was apparently struck by lightning.

The system remains at category-two level, and is tracking in a south-south-easterly direction at around 20km/h, according to ABC News.

"We're expecting reasonable rainfall down through the eastern Pilbara, adjacent Kimberley and also into the interior, with widespread rainfalls of 50-100 millimetres with isolated falls up to 150 millimetres," Bureau of Meteorology duty forecaster Mark Paul told ABC News.

Cyclone Stan is expected to weaken to category one as it passes through Telfer and Nullagine.

The highest warning still remains in place for residents between Port Hedland and Wallal, although the cyclone is not expected to hit highly-populated areas.

However, nearby residents have been stockpiling food and seeking shelter.

Cyclone Stan is the first of the season for Australia.

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