*Please see warning area map attached below.
*Note changes to Warning Areas, and Weather Details
*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 tonight.
COMMUNITY ALERT LEVEL:
A YELLOW ALERT is current for people between Bidyadanga and Whim Creek, including Sandfire, Pardoo, Port Hedland, South Hedland, Marble Bar and Whim Creek.
This does not include people in Bidyadanga and Roebourne.
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 communities from Broome to Bidyadanga.
This includes people in Broome and Bidyadanga.
A BLUE ALERT is current for people in an area bounded by Whim Creek, Munjina, Jigalong, Cotton Creek, Telfer and Bidyadanga.
This includes people in Nullagine, Telfer and Roy Hill, but does not include Newman.
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 Whim Creek to Dampier, including Roebourne, Wickham, Point Samson, Karratha and Dampier.
WHAT TO DO:
• The threat has passed but continue to take care to avoid the dangers caused by damage.
• Gales may still be possible in these areas.
• Be aware of fallen powerlines and trees, broken water and sewage pipes, loose roof sheeting and other material.
As at 3.01pm the Bureau of Meteorology advised that Tropical Cyclone Stan continues to track slowly towards the east Pilbara coast. It is expected to reach category 3 intensity later today, ahead of landfall Sunday morning, east of Port Hedland.
GALES with gusts to 100 kilometres per hour are likely to develop in coastal parts between Bidyadanga and Port Hedland today, increasing to potentially DESTRUCTIVE WINDS with gusts to 150 kilometres per hour overnight, extending inland Sunday.
VERY DESTRUCTIVE WINDS with gusts to 200 kilometres per hour are possible near the cyclone centre as it makes landfall Sunday morning.
GALES with gusts to 100 kilometres per hour are likely to extend to the inland east Pilbara and adjacent Interior districts during Sunday.
There is the chance that GALES could develop as far east as Broome overnight, and as far west as Whim Creek, depending on which way the system tracks.
Residents in areas between Port Hedland and Bidyadanga, but not including Port Hedland, are specifically warned of the potential of a VERY 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 VERY 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, Gascoyne and Interior 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 is 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 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.
**See warning area map attached below.
The specified alert has expired and is no longer active.
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