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Media Release

Yellow alert from Broome to Eco Beach
Sunday 20 December 2009 – 9:15 AM

A YELLOW ALERT is current for people in or near communities from Broome to Eco Beach.

 

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 communities from Bidyadanga to Pardoo.

 

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.

 

ALL CLEAR WITH CAUTION for people in or near Beagle Bay.

 

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

 

A Cyclone WARNING is now current for coastal areas from Beagle Bay to Pardoo 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 is current for coastal areas from Pardoo to Port Hedland and extending to inland parts of the Pilbara and Kimberley including Telfer.

 

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 8am Tropical Cyclone Laurence was estimated to be 120 kilometres west of Broome and 230 kilometres north northeast of Wallal moving southwest at eight kilometres per hour.

 

A period of gales with wind gusts to 110 kilometres per hour may occur along the coast between Beagle Bay and Bidyadanga, including Broome, during today as Laurence tracks southwest.

 

Gales may extend further down the coast south of Bidyadanga during the day, possibly reaching Pardoo on Monday morning. Gales could extend further down the coast to Port Hedland late on Monday or on Tuesday if the system maintains a more southwest track; however it is expected to take a more southerly track on Monday, towards 80 mile beach.

 

Tropical Cyclone Laurence is expected to intensify before reaching the coast and there is a risk of very destructive winds in coastal parts of the east Pilbara late Monday or on Tuesday.

 

Heavy rainfall is expected in coastal parts of the west Kimberley and east Pilbara over the next twenty four hours.

 

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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