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Media Release

Yellow Alert from Bidyadanga to Pardoo remains
Monday 21 December 2009 – 6:00 AM

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 De Grey to Port Hedland including South Hedland, Warralong, Yarri Mine, Warrawagine Station 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 continues for coastal areas from Broome to Port Headland and adjacent inland areas.

 

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 adjacent inland parts of the southwest Kimberley and eastern Pilbara, extending inland to include 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 5am Severe Tropical Cyclone Laurence is a category 4 system, estimated to be 215 kilometres west southwest of Broome and 110 kilometres north northwest of Wallal.

 

It is moving south at four kilometres per hour.

 

Severe Tropical Cyclone Laurence is moving south towards the Eighty Mile Beach area of the eastern Pilbara.

 

Very destructive winds with gusts to 230 kilometres per hour are expected to develop in areas east of Pardoo to Sandfire Roadhouse, including Wallal from early this afternoon.

 

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

 

Gales are likely to be occurring along the coast between Bidyadanga and Pardoo and may extend to Broome, Port Hedland and adjacent inland parts later today.

 

Heavy rainfall is expected in coastal parts of the western Kimberley and eastern Pilbara 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 during the day when the cyclone is closer to the coast.

 

Due to strong winds and rain you should drive with caution and only if it travel is essential.

 

As the cyclone crosses the coast and moves inland, roads near Marble Bar may be affected.

 

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

 

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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