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Media Release

Red Alert for Sandfire to Pardoo and inland to Yarrie and Marble Bar
Monday 21 December 2009 – 7:00 PM
A RED ALERT is current for people in or near the communities from Sandfire to Pardoo and inland to Yarrie and Marble Bar.


You need to go immediately to the strongest safest part of your house or to your closest welfare centre. Keep your emergency kit with you. Stay away from doors and windows that should be closed. Take your relocation kit with you if you have been advised to relocate.


A YELLOW ALERT is current for people in or near Nullagine and Telfer.


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, rainwater 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. Be aware that shops will now be closing.


A BLUE ALERT is current for people in or near the communities from De Gray to Port Hedland.


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.


Cyclone Watch is current for coastal areas from inland parts of the southwest Kimberley and eastern Pilbara, extending a long way inland to the WA border and including Warburton and Giles.


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


ALL CLEAR is current for people in or near Bidyadanga.


Wind and storm surge dangers have passed but take care to avoid the dangers caused by damage such as fallen powerlines, trees, broken water and sewerage lines, loose roof sheeting and other material.




At 5pm Severe Tropical Cyclone Laurence was estimated to be 10 kilometres northeast of Wallal and 230 kilometres east northeast of Port Hedland. It is moving south southeast at nine kilometres per hour.


Severe TC Laurence crossed the east Pilbara coast at 5pm near Wallal.

Very destructive winds with gusts to 285 kilometres per hour are being experienced near the cyclone centre, and will extend inland during the evening.


People in the area are warned of the dangerous storm tide. Tides are likely to rise significantly above the normal high tide mark with damaging waves and dangerous flooding.


Destructive winds with wind gusts to 150 kilometres per hour are expected to extend inland overnight and during Tuesday, possibly reaching as far inland as Telfer.


Gales with wind gusts to 100 kilometres per hour may be occurring along other parts of the coast between Bidyadanga and south towards Port Hedland and will extend inland during Tuesday and Wednesday.


Heavy rainfall is falling between De Grey and Mandora and further inland. Rainfall totals in excess of 300 millimetres are likely near the track including the far eastern parts of the De Grey river catchment.


Falls may exceed 100 millimetres across remaining parts of the De Grey River catchment. Heavy rainfall is expected to extend into the far inland eastern Pilbara and Interior on Tuesday and Wednesday.




The following roads are closed:

·         Gibb River Road between the end of sealed section in Derby to the Wyndham turnoff

·         Cape Leveque Road

·         Great Northern Highway between Roebuck Roadhouse near Broome through to Port Hedland

·         Marble Bar from Port Hedland to Nullagine

·         Ripon Hills Road from Marble Bar to the Telfer turnoff

·         Telfer Road


Before travelling check with local WA Police or Main Roads WA on 138 138 on road closures and inland roads may become affected as the cyclone crosses the coast.




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