*Please note changes to warning areas and weather details.
The Department for Child Protection and Family Support has set up a temporary evacuation centre at:
The evacuation centre at the Karratha Leisureplex on Dampier Highway is closed.
GALES with gusts to 100 kilometres per hour are likely to be occurring in coastal and adjacent inland parts between Bidyadanga and Port Hedland, increasing to potentially DESTRUCTIVE WINDS with gusts to 150 kilometres per hour near the centre of the cyclone.
GALES with gusts to 100 kilometres per hour are likely to extend to the inland east Pilbara and adjacent Interior districts during Sunday as Stan continues to move towards the southeast and increase in speed.
Residents in areas between Pardoo and Bidyadanga are specifically warned of the potential of a VERY DANGEROUS STORM TIDE as the cyclone centre crosses the coast during Sunday morning. Tides are likely to rise significantly above the normal high tide mark with DAMAGING WAVES and VERY DANGEROUS FLOODING. As the cyclone moves inland over the next few hours the storm tide risk will ease.
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
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 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.au or 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.
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