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FORECAST AFFECTED AREAS:
GALES with gusts to 100 kilometres per hour are likely to develop in coastal parts between Wallal and Whim Creek, which includes Port Hedland this morning. There is the chance that GALES could develop as far east as Bidyadanga and as far west as Mardie today.
DESTRUCTIVE WINDS with gusts to 150 kilometres per hour are likely to develop near the track in coastal parts from around midday, including Port Hedland and surrounding areas, extending further inland later tonight and early Sunday.
VERY DESTRUCTIVE WINDS with gusts to 170 kilometres per hour are possible near the cyclone centre as it makes landfall later on Saturday.
Residents between Wallal and Whim Creek, including Port Hedland, are specifically warned of the potential of a dangerous storm tide as the cyclone centre crosses the coast later today. Tides are likely to rise significantly above the normal high tide mark with DAMAGING WAVES and DANGEROUS FLOODING.
Heavy rainfall associated with the system is occurring in parts of the Pilbara and far western Kimberley and will extend further inland as the system continues to track southwards during today and Sunday. A Flood Watch is current for the Pilbara and Gascoyne Districts. A Flood Warning is current for the De Grey River Catchment, Pilbara Coastal Rivers and Fortescue River Catchment. See www.bom.gov.au/wa/warnings/ for more details.
•Great Northern Highway – from Auski Roadhouse to Roebuck Roadhouse (via Port Hedland)
•North West Coastal Highway – from Roebourne to Port Hedland
•Marble Bar Road - from Newman to Port Hedland
•Ripon Hills Road - from Marble Bar Road to Telfer Access Road
•North West Coastal Highway – Minilya to Barradale
•Nanutarra Munjina Road – Paraburdoo Spur to Bingarn Road
•Pt Samson-Roebourne Rd
Some local roads may also be be closed. Motorist should check with their local government.
Motorists should avoid the area and should not drive into water of unknown depth and current.
The Department for Child Protection and Family Support has set up a temporary evacuation centres at:
WHAT EMERGENCY SERVICES ARE DOING:
The Department of Fire and Emergency Services and the State Emergency Service (SES) are monitoring the situation in collaboration with other agencies and stakeholders.
STAY SOBER AND STAY SAFE
Drinking alcohol can impair your ability at a time when your family or others need you.
People under the influence of alcohol are more prone to making a wrong decision at a critical time, and are more likely to create extra work for emergency services personnel.
Evacuation Centres have the right to refuse you shelter if you are drunk or argumentative.
For alcohol related information and support visit www.alcoholthinkagain.com.auor call the Alcohol and Drug Support Line on 1800 198 024
Register with Register.Find.Reunite. to let your family and loved ones know you are OK via register.redcross.org.au from any computer or mobile device, or in person at the Karratha and Port Hedland evacuation centres.
If you are unable to contact a loved one who may be in the cyclone-affected area, visit the Red Cross website at register.redcross.org.au.
KEEP UP TO DATE:Visit www.dfes.wa.gov.au, call 13 DFES (13 3337), follow DFES on Twitter @dfes_wa or listen to news bulletins.
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