*Please note changes to Warning Areas, Weather Details, and Evacuation Centres.
*TC Stan has slowed but continues to intensify with destructive winds and severe weather conditions expected. People should continue to prepare and keep informed of the situation.
*People in the Port Hedland and South Hedland areas who are planning to relocate are urged to do so as a Red Alert is expected to be in place later today.
COMMUNITY ALERT LEVEL:
A YELLOW ALERT is current for people from Bidyadanga to Dampier including Sandfire, Pardoo, Port Hedland, South Hedland, Marble Bar, Whim Creek, Roebourne, Wickham, Point Samson, Karratha and Dampier.
This does not include people in Bidyadanga.
There is a possible threat to lives and homes as a cyclone is approaching the area. You need to take action and get ready to shelter from a cyclone.
DFES advises you to:
• Know where you will shelter during the Red Alert and be prepared to move there
• Fasten all cyclone screens, secure boats, caravans, trailers, garden sheds, outdoor furniture, rainwater tanks and LPG bottles
• Move vehicles under cover
• Ensure family members are wearing strong shoes and suitable clothing
• Advise others of your relocation plan and check neighbours have received this warning
• Ensure pets and animals are in a safe area
• Pack a relocation kit to be taken with your emergency kit
• Be aware that shops may now be closing
A BLUE ALERT is current for people in or near the coastal and inland communities from Broome to Bidyadanga.
This includes people in Broome and Bidyadanga.
Although there is no immediate danger you need to start preparing for dangerous weather and keep up to date.
WHAT TO DO:
DFES advises you to:
• Get ready for dangerous weather by preparing your home inside and out
• Secure or remove loose material from around your home
• Ensure your emergency kit is complete
• Check your family knows what to do
• Put fuel in your vehicle
An ALL CLEAR advice is current for people in or near the coastal communities from Dampier to Mardie, including Pannawonica.
WHAT TO DO:
• The threat has passed but continue to take care to avoid the dangers caused by damage.
• Be aware of fallen powerlines and trees, broken water and sewage pipes, loose roof sheeting and other material.
As at 9.07am on Saturday 30 January the Bureau of Meteorology advises Tropical Cyclone Stan lies to the north of Port Hedland and continues to track slowly southeast towards the east Pilbara coast.
It is expected to reach category 3 intensity tonight prior to landfall and cross the coast between Port Hedland east to Wallal.
GALES with gusts to 100 kilometres per hour are likely to develop in coastal parts between Bidyadanga and Whim Creek, which includes Port Hedland during today increasing to potentially DESTRUCTIVE WINDS with gusts to 150 kilometres per hour tonight, extending further inland Sunday.
VERY DESTRUCTIVE WINDS with gusts to 170 kilometres per hour are possible near the cyclone centre as it makes landfall Sunday morning.
There is the chance that GALES could develop as far east as Broome later today, and as far west as Dampier if the cyclone takes a more westerly track than expected.
Residents between Bidyadanga and Port Hedland, are specifically warned of the potential of a dangerous storm tide as the cyclone centre crosses the coast overnight. 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 forecast for parts of the Pilbara and far western Kimberley and will extend further inland as the system continues to track southwards during 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
ROADS OPEN WITH CAUTION
•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 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 centre at:
• JD Hardie Centre located at 5991 Cottier Drive in South Hedland.
The evacuation centre at the Karratha Leisureplex on Dampier Highway has been closed.
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 centre.
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.
• For SES assistance call 132 500
• In a life threatening situation call 000
• For the latest weather information call 1300 659 210 or visit www.bom.gov.au
• For information about road conditions and closures contact local Police or Main Roads WA on 138 138
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.
The next update will be issued when the situation changes.
The specified alert has expired and is no longer active.
A new alert may have been issued for this incident.
Please visit the Alerts and Warnings page for the latest information.
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