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Media Release

Yellow alert remains from Bidyadanga to Pardoo
Sunday 20 December 2009 – 9:00 PM

A YELLOW ALERT is current for people in or near communities of Bidyadanga to Pardoo.

 

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 of Port Hedland, South Hedland, Wedgefield and surrounding communities.

 

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 Eco Beach.

 

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

 

A Cyclone WARNING is now current for coastal areas from Broome to Port Headland.

 

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 adjacent inland parts of the southwest Kimberley and north Pilbara, extending inland as far as 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 8pm Severe Tropical Cyclone Laurence is a category 3 system and was estimated to be 200 kilometres west southwest of Broome and 145 kilometres north of Wallal moving southwest at eight kilometres per hour.

 

Severe Tropical Cyclone Laurence is steadily intensifying as it moves southwest towards the Pilbara coast. It is expected to intensify further and slowly move on a more southerly track towards Eighty Mile Beach on Monday morning.

 

People living east of Pardoo to Sandfire including Wallal are warned of the risk of very destructive winds in excess of 165 kilometres per hour later Monday morning or during the afternoon.

 

There is also the risk of a dangerous storm tide in coastal areas as the cyclone centre approaches. Tides are likely to rise significantly above the normal high tide mark with damaging waves and dangerous flooding.

 

Gales are expected to develop on the coast between Broome and Pardoo early Monday morning possibly reaching Port Hedland and adjacent inland parts later in the day.

 

Heavy rainfall is expected in coastal parts of the west Kimberley and east Pilbara over the next during Monday extending to the inland eastern Pilbara on Tuesday.

 

ROAD CLOSURES

The following roads are closed:

Gibb River Road

Cape Leveque Road

Great Northern Highway from the Derby turnoff to Fitzroy Crossing.

 

Great Northern Highway between Port Hedland and Roebuck Roadhouse will be closed tomorrow morning.

 

Travellers should check with local WA Police or Main Roads WA on 138 138 before travelling on the road.

 

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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