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Media Release

Red Alert for Sandfire to Pardoo and inland to Yarrie and Marble Bar
Tuesday 22 December 2009 – 12:30 AM

A RED ALERT is current for people in or near the communities from Sandfire to Pardoo and inland to Yarrie and Marble Bar.


You should remain in the strongest safest part of your house or in your 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 Cotton Creek and Punmu.


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 northern parts of the interior, 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 Port Hedland to De Gray and 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 11pm Severe Tropical Cyclone Laurence was estimated to be 65 kilometres south southeast of Wallal and 210 kilometres northwest of Telfer.


Severe Tropical Cyclone Laurence is moving south southeast at 11 kilometres per hour over the inland Pilbara having crossed the coast at Eighty Mile Beach late Monday afternoon.


Very destructive winds with gusts to 230 kilometres per hour are being experienced near the cyclone centre are still possible this morning as the cyclone moves further inland.


Tides along the coast near Eighty Mile Beach will be higher than expected this morning.


Destructive winds with wind gusts to 150 kilometres per hour are expected to extend inland today, possibly reaching Telfer and Cotton Creek.


Gales with wind gusts to 100 kilometres per hour may occur on the coast between Bidyadanga and De Grey and will extend well inland, reaching around Giles and Warburton by Wednesday afternoon or evening.


There is heavy rainfall between De Grey and Sandfire and further inland. Rainfall totals in excess of 300 millimetres is likely near the track including the far eastern parts of the De Grey river catchment. Heavy rainfall is expected to extend into the far inland eastern Pilbara and Interior today and tomorrow.



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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