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Media Release

Yellow Alert for Kalumburu and Mitchell Plateau
Tuesday 15 December 2009 – 12:10 PM

A YELLOW ALERT is current for people in or near the communities of Kalumburu and Mitchell Plateau.


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 in or near the communities of Kuri Bay and Cockatoo Island.


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 WATCH is current for coastal areas from Beagle Bay to Cockatoo Island


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 11am Severe Tropical Cyclone (TC) Laurence, Category 3, is estimated to be 85 kilometres west northwest of Kalumburu and 85 kilometres north northeast of Mitchell Plateau.


It is moving southwest at 12 kilometres per hour and is expected to move southwest close to the Kimberley coast. 

Very destructive winds with gusts to 185 kilometres per hour are being experienced near the coast just south of Troughton Island and are expected to extend southwest along the coast, possibly as far as Mitchell Plateau during today. 
Destructive winds with gusts to 130 kilometres per hour may extend further southwest to Kuri Bay tonight. 
Gales with gusts to 110 kilometres per hour may extend further along the coast, reaching as far as Cockatoo Island on Thursday morning and Beagle Bay later on Thursday or Friday.
Heavy rain is expected to continue over the north Kimberley region today, extending into the western Kimberley during today and Wednesday.

The Oombulgurri airport has been closed due to heavy rain.




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