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Media Release

Tropical Cyclone Laurence - Yellow Alert Cape Leveque to Beagle Bay
Saturday 19 December 2009 – 4:25 PM

A YELLOW ALERT is current for people in or near the communities from Cape Leveque to Beagle Bay, including One Arm Point, Djarindjin and Lombadina. 

 

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, water 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 the communities from Broome to Wallal.

 

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.

 

A Cyclone WARNING has been declared for coastal areas from Cape Leveque to Wallal including Broome.

 

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 has been declared for coastal areas from Wallal to Port Hedland and adjacent inland parts of the Pilbara.

 

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

 

CYCLONE LOCATION

At 2pm Tropical Cyclone Laurence was estimated to be 120 kilometres north of Broome and moving southwest close to the Kimberley coast at 5 kilometres per hour.

 

Gales are occurring at offshore islands and may develop along the coast between Cape Leveque and Beagle Bay later this afternoon or this evening as the system continues to intensify. Gales may extend further down the coast to Broome and Bidyadanga later today or early on Sunday, possibly reaching Wallal by late Sunday. Gales could extend further down the coast to Port Hedland on Monday.

 

The system is expected to take a more southerly track on Monday and then south eastwards towards the north Pilbara coast.

 

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

 

A map showing the track of the cyclone is available at:

http://www.bom.gov.au/weather/cyclone

 

This information is also available on the FESA website at: www.fesa.wa.gov.au and by calling 1300 657 209.

 

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Media Contact:

FESA Broome Regional Office (Rob Cox) 9158 3200

 

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