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Media Release

Yellow Alert for Kalumburu and Mitchell Plateau
Tuesday 15 December 2009 – 3:15 PM
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 Cockatoo Island to Beagle Bay.


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


ALL CLEAR is current for people in or near people in or between the communities of Wyndham and Far Away Bay.


Wind and storm surge dangers have passed but you should continue to take care.



At 2pm Severe Tropical Cyclone (TC) Laurence, Category 3, is estimated to be 120 kilometres west of Kalumburu and 160 kilometres northeast of Kuri Bay.


It is moving southwest at 15 kilometres per hour close to the Kimberley coast.


Very destructive winds with gusts to 185 kilometres per hour are being experienced on the coast and are expected to extend as far as Mitchell Plateau before the system weakens to Category 2 overnight.


Destructive winds with gusts to 130 kilometres per hour are expected to extend 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 as far as Beagle Bay later on Thursday or Friday.


Heavy rain is expected to continue over the north Kimberley region, and is expected in the western Kimberley overnight. Daily rainfall in excess of 100mm is possible near the coast.


The Oombulgurri airport remains closed due to heavy rain.




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