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Media Release

Yellow alert remains for Derby and Peninsula communities
Thursday 17 December 2009 – 12:30 PM

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 Koolan Island, Cockatoo Island, Mitchell Plateau and Kuri Bay.


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




At 12 noon Tropical Cyclone (TC) Laurence, Category 1, is estimated to be 85 kilometres east northeast of Derby and 110 kilometres southeast of Cockatoo Island.


It is moving south southeast at five kilometres per hour.


Gales with gusts up to 120 kilometres per hour are possible close to the cyclone centre. and are likely to extend further south this afternoon.


As the cyclone remains over land it is expected to weaken further to below tropical cyclone strength tonight or early on Friday.




There are no road closures.




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