Stir-crazy residents in cyclone-ravaged Western Australia are
starting to emerge from their homes and are letting off some
steam on social media.
Households across the state's northwest have been in lockdown
for two days as cyclone Rusty barrelled across the Pilbara,
forcing many residents to be stuck indoors.
But with some areas now out of the danger zone and some alert
warnings downgraded, a string of zany videos have been posted
on the internet as locals being to relax.
YouTube user Nayden Chino posted a clip of himself surfing a
longboard along what appears to be a flood irrigation channel
in Broome, pulled on a tow rope behind a car.
"When the cyclone eventually blows out the surf its time to
do some mud skippering," he wrote in a comment accompanying
the four-minute clip.
Another YouTuber, Jarrah Fish, posted a video of two people
dressed as Cookie Monster and Elmo, the characters from
Sesame Street, riding a bike.
The pair set off along a wet and windy WA street before
Cookie Monster falls off the back of the bike, landing in a
fit of giggles on the road.
Another video shows a group of storm chasers performing the
Harlem Shake dance, the internet meme invented by five
teenagers on Queensland's Sunshine Coast.
The storm chasers' video, which was actually posted by Hannah
Weddell just before Rusty struck the Pilbara has the five
protagonists performing the dance in a rainy-looking
Meanwhile, social media users across Australia have started
to express their relief that Rusty has weakened slightly.
As of Thursday morning, the category two cyclone was moving
south and inland, with red alerts still in place for
residents between Pardoo and Nullagine.
A number of towns are still in the firing line - but it
appears many areas have not been as badly affected as first
"Good morning, heard that Cyclone Rusty wasn't so bad - thank
goodness. Have a happy day," one person wrote on Twitter.