As if the stresses of childbirth were not enough, two women went into labour and gave birth as cyclone Christine raged through the Pilbara.
Leah Cayaban, 33, said her waters broke at her Karratha home about 2.30am on Tuesday.
Karratha was on red alert, the town's Nickol Bay Hospital was closed and no ambulances were available.
She and her husband June were in the only car on the road and every bump along the way was agony.
"It was scary," Mrs Cayaban said. "We called triple-0 but the hospital was closed so we had to stay at the Karratha Leisureplex while I was going into labour. The paramedics had to use a car to move us to a room in the hospital which was completely empty at that stage, with no power.
"There was no air-conditioning and it was hot and dark."
Baby Julia was four weeks early and had to be transferred to the Hedland Health Campus for specialist care when the weather eased.
Roberta Kyanga and Justin Simpson had their baby Justina that day, but were in South Hedland, where circumstances were better. "It was all right, it was just a bit cold in the morning," Ms Kyanga said.
The maternity ward at the Hedland Health Campus remained open, according to midwife Tegan Higgins. "There were times you could feel the wind in the ward, but there were no problems," she said.