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Media Release

Yellow Alert for Mitchell Plateau, Faraway Bay and Kalumburu
Monday 14 December 2009 – 6:45 PM

A YELLOW ALERT is current for people in Mitchell Plateau, Faraway Bay and Kalumburu. 


You need to take action and get ready to shelter from a cyclone. 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.


A BLUE ALERT is current for people between Oombulgurri and Kuri Bay.


You need to prepare for dangerous weather. Secure or remove loose material from around your home. Ensure your emergency kit is complete and check your family knows what to do.


CYCLONE WARNING is current for coastal areas from Wyndham to Cockatoo Island.


You should review your family cyclone plan and the community alerts system, and make sure everyone knows what to do. Organise an emergency kit with a portable battery operated radio, torch, spare batteries and first aid kit.


CYCLONE WATCH is current for coastal areas from Cockatoo Island to Broome, including Derby and the Dampier Peninsula.


You should prepare your home inside and out. Keep up to date with the development of the cyclone through radio, television or the internet.



At 5pm Tropical Cyclone (TC) Laurence, Category 1, is estimated to be 180 kilometres northeast of Kalumburu and 280 kilometres north northwest of Wyndham.


It is moving west at 9 kilometres per hour and is expected to move west initially, then curve southwest gradually approaching closer to the northwest Kimberley coast.


Heavy rain is expected in the north Kimberley region tonight and tomorrow as the cyclone moves closer to the coast.





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