*Please note changes to weather details and road closures.
*Please note Great Northern Highway is being assessed and will be reopened as soon as it is safe.
A RED ALERT is current for people between Port Hedland and Wallal extending inland to Marble Bar and including Pardoo, Wallal, Eighty Mile and Marble Bar but not including Port Hedland or South Hedland due to Tropical Cyclone (TC) Stan
There is a threat to lives and homes. You are in danger and need to act immediately.
WHAT TO DO:
• You need to continue sheltering in the strongest, safest part of your house.
• Keep your emergency kit with you.
• Stay away from doors and windows, and keep them closed.
• Stay indoors until the ALL CLEAR is given by authorities.
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.
A YELLOW ALERT is current for people in or near the coastal and inland communities of Wallal to Bidyadanga, but not including Bidyadanga and also between Marble Bar and Jigalong including Nullagine, Roy Hill and Telfer but not including Jigalong.
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.
WHAT TO DO:
• Fasten all cyclone screens, secure boats, caravans, trailers, garden sheds, outdoor furniture, rainwater tanks and LPG bottles.
• Move vehicles under cover.
• 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 the area bounded by Munjina to Newman, including Munjina, Jigalong and Cotton Creek, but not including Newman.
Although there is no immediate danger you need to start preparing for dangerous weather and keep up to date.
• You need 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 and check your family knows what to do.
An ALL CLEAR advice is current for people in or near the coastal communities between Broome and Bidyadanga, including Bidyadanga, and from Whim Creek to Port Hedland, including Whim Creek, Port Hedland and South Hedland.
• 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 8.58am on Sunday 31 January 2016 the Bureau of Meteorology advises category one Tropical Cyclone (TC) Stan, is estimated to be 55 kilometres east north east of Marble Bar.
It is moving south southeast at 19 kilometres per hour.
Tropical Cyclone Stan made landfall earlier this morning near Pardoo as a category 2 cyclone, and will continue moving to the southeast and gradually weaken today.
Gales with gusts to 90 kilometres per hour are possible in coastal and adjacent inland parts east of Port Hedland to Bidyadanga for a brief period this morning.
Gales with gusts to 90 kilometres per hour are occurring near and to the east of the cyclone centre through the inland eastern Pilbara and should extend into the adjacent Interior district later today as Stan accelerates to the southeast.
Heavy rainfall associated with the system is forecast for eastern parts of the Pilbara and will extend further inland as the system continues to track to the southeast today. A Flood Watch is current for the Pilbara, Gascoyne and Interior Districts. A Flood Warning is current for the De Grey River and Fortescue River Catchments, and Pilbara Coastal Rivers. See www.bom.gov.au/wa/warnings/ for more details.
• Ripon Hills Road - from Marble Bar Road to Telfer Access Road
• Marble Bar Road - Marble Bar to Village Access Road
• Marble Bar Road - Village Access Road to Roy Hill Munjina Road - open to 4WD only
• Great Northern Highway – Port Hedland to Roebuck Roadhouse
ROADS OPEN WITH CAUTION
• Marble Bar Road - Roy Hill Munjina Road to Newman
• Great Northern Highway - Auski Roadhouse to Port Hedland
• North West Coastal Highway – Roebourne to Port Hedland
• North West Coastal Highway - Minilya to Barradale
• Nanutarra Munjina Road – Paraburdoo Spur to Bingarn Road
• Point 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.
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.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.
• 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.
• To report downed powerlines call Horizon Power on 13 23 51.
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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