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Media Release

Red Alert for Kuri Bay
Wednesday 16 December 2009 – 9:00 AM

A RED ALERT is current for people in or near Kuri Bay.


You need to go immediately to the strongest safest part of your shelter. Keep your emergency kit with you. Stay away from doors and windows that should be closed. Take your relocation kit with you if you have been advised to relocate.


A YELLOW ALERT is current for people in or near the communities of Mitchell Plateau, Koolan Island and Cockatoo Island. 


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 in or near the communities of Cape Leveque, One Arm Point, Djarindjin, Lombadina and Derby.


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.


ALL CLEAR is current for people in Kalumburu.


Wind and storm surge dangers have passed but take care to avoid any danger caused by the heavy rain.



At 8am Severe Tropical Cyclone (TC) Laurence, Category 5, is estimated to be 35 kilometres west northwest of Kuri Bay and 220 kilometres north northeast of Derby.


It is moving southwest at 9 kilometres per hour.


Very destructive winds may be experienced at Kuri Bay today.


Gales with gusts to 100 kilometres per hour will extend further southwest along the coast, reaching Cockatoo and Koolan Islands today. If the centre of Severe TC Laurence passes close by very destructive winds are likely during the afternoon and evening.


Gales and possibly destructive winds may extend to Derby and Beagle Bay on Thursday morning.


Heavy rain is expected to continue over the north Kimberley region, extending into the western Kimberley later today and tomorrow. Daily rainfall in excess of 100 millimetres is possible near the coast.




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