People in low lying areas of Port Hedland including a small section of Pretty Pool should RELOCATE NOW. This includes: • between Sharman Mews, Pennings Court and Styles Road.• McGregor Street and Athol Street to the east.• the majority of Tkalkaboorda to the east.• between Wilson Street and Anderson Street from McGregor Street to The Esplanade to the west.• and surrounding areas.
Rapid and powerful flooding is very likely as Severe Tropical Cyclone Rusty crosses the coast. WHAT TO DO:DFES's State Emergency Service (SES) advises you to:• Take your emergency and relocation kits with you.• Turn off electricity, gas and water, and unplug all appliances.• Lock doors and windows.• Make sure your neighbours have received this warning.• Move immediately to your closest welfare centre at Andrew McLaughlin Community Centre in Keesing Street in Port Hedland.• Ensure pets and animals are in a safe area as they cannot be taken to a relocation point.
CYCLONE DETAILS:As at 5.00am today the Bureau of Meteorology warned of a significant storm surge associated with Severe Tropical Cyclone Rusty. Severe Tropical Cyclone Rusty's intensity, size and slow movement is likely to lead to a very dangerous storm tide as the cyclone centre nears the coast. Tides are likely to rise significantly above the normal high tide mark with damaging waves and very dangerous coastal inundation. RELOCATION CENTRE:The Department for Child Protection advises that the Andrew McLaughlin Community Centre in Keesing Street in Port Hedland has been opened and offering safe shelter for people who may be forced to leave their homes as a result of the cyclone. IMPORTANT NUMBERS: • 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:Call 1300 657 209, visit www.dfes.wa.gov.au or listen to news bulletins. The next update will be issued when the situation changes.
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