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Media Release

Yellow Alert for Derby and Dampier Peninsula communities
Thursday 17 December 2009 – 9:20 AM

A YELLOW ALERT is current for people in or near the communities of Derby, Cape Leveque, One Arm Point, Djarindjin, Lombadina and surrounding smaller communities.


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.


CYCLONE WATCH is current for coastal areas from Beagle Bay to Bidyadanga including Broome.


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 is current for people in or near people in or near Koolan Island, Cockatoo Island, Mitchell Plateau and Kuri Bay.


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




At 8am Tropical Cyclone (TC) Laurence, Category 2, is estimated to be 90 kilometres northeast of Derby and 105 kilometres southeast of Cockatoo Island.


It is moving southeast at five kilometres per hour.


TC Laurence crossed the Kimberley coast southeast of Cockatoo Island late yesterday and has gradually weakened overnight.


 Destructive winds with gusts up to 130 kilometres per hour are possible close to the cyclone centre. Gales are likely to extend south today.


Damaging winds are possible in Derby if the centre of the cyclone passes close to the town.




The Great Northern Highway has been reopened.




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