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Media Release

Yellow Alert remains for Derby
Thursday 17 December 2009 – 3:00 PM

A YELLOW ALERT is current for people in or near the community of 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.


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


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.


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 and Cockatoo Island.


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




At 2 pm Tropical Cyclone (TC) Laurence, Category 1, is estimated to be 85 kilometres east southeast of Derby and 135 kilometres southeast of Cockatoo Island.


It is moving south southeast at six kilometres per hour.


Gales with gusts up to 100 kilometres per hour are possible close to the cyclone centre. and are likely to extend further south this afternoon and evening.


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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