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Media Release

Blue Alert for Cape Leveque to Bidyadanga, including Broome, Beagle Bay, One Arm Point, Djarindjin and Lombadina
Saturday 19 December 2009 – 10:20 AM

A BLUE ALERT is current for people between Cape Leveque to Bidyadanga, including Broome, Beagle Bay, One Arm Point, Djarindjin and Lombadina.

 

You need to prepare for a period of cyclonic weather. Secure or remove loose material from around your home. Ensure your emergency kit is complete and check your family knows what to do.

 

A Cyclone WARNING continues for coastal areas from Cape Leveque to Bidyadanga.  

 

You should review your family cyclone plan and the community alerts system, and make sure everyone knows what to do. Organise an emergency kit with a portable battery operated radio, torch, spare batteries and first aid kit.

 

A Cyclone WATCH continues for coastal areas from Bidyadanga to De Grey.

 

You should prepare your home inside and out. Keep up to date with the development of the cyclone through radio, television or the internet.

 

At 8:00 am Ex-Tropical Cyclone Laurence was estimated to be145 kilometres north of Broome and moving west northwest at 10 kilometres per hour.

 

Ex-Tropical Cyclone Laurence has moved off the west Kimberley coast and is expected to reintensify into a tropical cyclone in the next three to six hours.

 

GALES could develop along the west Kimberley coast between Cape Leveque and Beagle Bay this morning and may extend further down the coast to Broome and Bidyadanga later today or early on Sunday.

 

As the system moves south westwards GALES could extend further down the coast to De Grey by Monday morning. The system is expected to take a more southerly track on Monday and is likely to cross the east Pilbara coast near Eighty Mile Beach.

 

Heavy rainfall is expected to continue today in coastal parts of the west Kimberley with 24 hour falls in excess of 100mm possible.

 

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