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Media Release

Cyclone advice for Kuri Bay to Wyndham, Kimberley
Saturday 12 December 2009 – 6:45 PM

People in the Kimberley between Kuri Bay and Wyndham should continue to get ready for a possible cyclone.

 

If you live in the town of Wyndham or communities of Oombulgurri, Mitchell Plateau, Kalumburu and Faraway Bay, you need to know what to do with the development of a tropical low off the Western Australian coast.

 

The tropical low is expected to develop into a tropical cyclone early on Sunday as it moves into the Timor Sea.

 

Strong winds with gusts of up to 100 kilometres per hour are expected on the coast between Wyndham and the Mitchell Plateau tomorrow afternoon or evening.

 

Heavy rain is expected in the far north Kimberley region later tomorrow and may cause localised flooding.

 

Remember that preparing your home and family for a cyclone is your responsibility.

FESA’s State Emergency Service (SES) advises you to:

·      Review your family cyclone plan and make sure everyone knows what to do.

·      Prepare your home inside and out.

·      Organise an emergency kit with a portable battery operated radio, torch, spare batteries and first aid kit.

·      Know the community cyclone alert system and the steps that must be taken for each.

 

Community alerts will be issued by FESA if the cyclone comes closer.

 

There are four stages of alerts – Blue, Yellow, Red and All Clear.

·      BLUE ALERT means prepare for dangerous weather.

·      YELLOW ALERT means take action and get ready to go to shelter.

·      RED ALERT means go to shelter immediately.

·      ALL CLEAR means that wind and storm surge dangers have passed but you need to take care to avoid the dangers caused by damage.

 

IMPORTANT NUMBERS:

·       People needing SES assistance can call 132 500. 

·       In a life threatening situation call 000.

·       For weather information visit www.bom.gov.au or call 1300 659 210.

 

For more cyclone safety tips visit www.fesa.wa.gov.au

 

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