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Media Release

All Clear issued for Derby and Dampier Peninsula
Thursday 17 December 2009 – 6:00 PM

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 Derby, Cape Leveque, One Arm Point, Djarindjin, Lombadina and surrounding smaller communities.


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


Motorist need to be careful when driving as heavy rain is expected on Great Northern Highway between Derby and Broome.


You should be careful and remain patient when crossing flooded roads and avoid crossing them at night.


FESA’s State Emergency Service (SES) has these tips to help you stay safe while driving:

·         Carry extra food and water in case of long delays at crossings

·         Use a route recommended by authorities and do not hurry

·         Watch for changes in water levels in case they rise quickly and you need to act

·         Be aware that some roads may still be flooded and impassable

·         Obey road closure signs, never drive into water of unknown depth and current

·         Avoid driving on dirt roads as they may be slippery and muddy, and you could get bogged




At 5pm Tropical Cyclone (TC) Laurence, Category 1, is estimated to be 85 kilometres east of Derby and is moving south at five kilometres per hour.


Tropical Cyclone Laurence has continued to move slowly over land east of Derby and has gradually weakened. Gales with gusts to 100 kilometres per hour are possible close to the cyclone centre. Gales are possible near the centre overnight as Laurence moves to the south or southwest.


HEAVY RAIN is expected to continue over the northwest Kimberley. Daily rainfall totals in excess of 100mm are expected with isolated falls as high as 300mm possible near the path of the cyclone.






There are no road closures.




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