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Media Release

TC Laurence Yellow Alert for Cape Leveque to Broome
Saturday 19 December 2009 – 6:55 PM

A YELLOW ALERT is current for people in or near the communities from Cape Leveque to Broome, including Beagle Bay, 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.

 

An Emergency Welfare shelter at the Broome Recreation and Acquatic Centre (BRAC) on Cable Beach Road will be open from 10pm tonight for campers, caravanners, and homeless visitors. People must bring own bedding, medications, all baby needs etc. Dogs, alcohol and illegal drugs are not permitted.

 

A BLUE ALERT is current for people in or near the communities from Bidyadanga 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 5pm Tropical Cyclone Laurence was estimated to be Category 2, at 100 kilometres north northwest of Broome and moving southwest at 8 kilometres per hour close to the Kimberley coast.

 

Gales are occurring at offshore islands and possibly along the Kimberley coast between Cape Leveque and Beagle Bay. Gales may extend further down the coast to Broome and Bidyadanga later today or early on Sunday, possibly reaching Wallal later on Sunday.

 

Destructive winds with wind gusts to 130 kilometres per hour are possible in coastal areas north of Broome and south of Beagle Bay tonight, although the risk should decrease if TC Laurence moves away from the coast as expected.

 

Gales could extend further down the coast to Port Hedland on Monday.

 

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

 

The cyclone is expected to intensify further on Sunday and Monday into a severe Tropical Cyclone. Laurence should take a more southerly track on Monday and then south eastwards towards the east Pilbara coast with the risk of very destructive winds occurring near the cyclone centre.

 

ROAD CLOSURES

The following roads are closed:

Gibb River Road

Cape Leveque Road

Great Northern Highway from the Derby turnoff to Fitzroy Crossing.

 

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 (Gordon Tiddums) 9158 3200

 

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