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Media Release

Red Alert for Koolan Island and Cockatoo Island
Wednesday 16 December 2009 – 4:15 PM

A RED ALERT is current for people in or near the communities of Koolan Island and Cockatoo Island.

 

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 Cape Leveque, One Arm Point, Djarindjin, Lombadina and Derby. 

 

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. Be aware that shops will now be closing.

 

 

A CYCLONE WATCH is current for coastal areas from Beagle Bay to Bidyadanga and extending inland towards Fitzroy Crossing.

 

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

 

ALL CLEAR with caution is current for people in or near Mitchell Plateau and Kuri Bay.

 

Wind and storm surge dangers have passed but take care to avoid the dangers caused by damage such as fallen powerlines, trees, broken water and sewerage lines, loose roof sheeting and other material.

  

CYCLONE LOCATION

 

At 2.40pm Severe Tropical Cyclone (TC) Laurence, Category 4, is estimated to be 50 kilometres east of Cockatoo Island and 145 kilometres north northeast of Derby.

 

It is moving south southwest at 11 kilometres per hour.

 

Very destructive wind gusts are occurring on the Kimberley coast east of Cockatoo Island as the system approaches the coast. Laurence is expected to weaken overnight as it moves slowly in a generally southerly direction towards Derby.

 

Gales and destructive winds with gusts to 160 kilometres per hour are likely to extend inland overnight. Should the centre pass close by destructive winds are possible in Derby as early as overnight or during Thursday morning.

 

Heavy rain is expected to continue over the north and west Kimberley. Daily rainfall totals in excess of 100 millimetres is possible near the coast with totals decreasing further inland.

 

ROAD CLOSURES

 

There are no roads currently closed.  However, motorists travelling along Cape Leveque Road (halfway between Lombadina and One Arm Point) are urged to drive with caution and should consult Main Roads and the local shire for road conditions.

 

Motorists should not drive into water of unknown depth and current.

 

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