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Media Release

Red Alert for Koolan Island, Cockatoo Island and Derby
Wednesday 16 December 2009 – 10:00 PM

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

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.

The Derby Civic Centre on Loch Street opened at 7pm.

People who decide to relocate should take their relocation kit, including

their emergency kit and essential medicines.

A YELLOW ALERT is current for people in the communities of Cape

Leveque, One Arm Point, Djarindjin and Lombadina. 

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 WARNING is current for coastal areas from Kuri Bay to Beagle Bay, including Derby and adjacent inland parts.

A Cyclone WATCH is current for areas from Beagle Bay to Bidyadanga including Broome, 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,

televison or the internet.

An 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.


At 8pm Severe Tropical Cyclone Laurence, Category 3 was estimated to

be 60 kilometres southeast of Cockatoo Island and 100 kilometres north

north east of Derby. It is moving south southwest at 8 kilometres per hour.

Severe Tropical Cyclone Laurence has crossed the Kimberley coast south east of Cockatoo Island. It is a small but very intense tropical cyclone with very destructive winds and gusts to 220 kilometres per hour close to the cyclone centre.

Very destructive wind gusts are occurring on the Kimberley coast east of Cockatoo Island.

TC Laurence is expected to weaken as it moves inland overnight.

Gales and destructive winds are likely to extend further inland overnight. Should the centre pass close by, destructive winds are possible in Derby during Thursday morning.

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


The Great Northern Highway will be closed east of Roebuck Road House

and west of Fitzroy Crossing and all roads in between will be closed from 9pm until the All Clear is issued. People intending to travel from Port

Hedland to Kununurra need to take note.

Further clarification should be sought from Main Roads WA on 138 138 or

the local Shire.



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