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Media Release

Tropical Cyclone Laurence - Red Alert for Telfer
Tuesday 22 December 2009 – 3:40 PM

A RED ALERT is current for people in or near Telfer.


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.


A YELLOW ALERT is current for people in or near the communities of Cotton Creek and Punmu.   


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.


ALL CLEAR is current for people in or near Sandfire to Pardoo and inland to Yarrie, Marble Bar and Nullagine. .


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 2pm Tropical Cyclone (TC) Laurence, category two, is estimated to be 65 kilometres west of Telfer and 145 kilometres northwest of Cotton Creek.  


It is moving south southeast at 15 kilometres per hour.




The following roads are closed:


  • Ripon Hills Road from Marble Bar to the Telfer turnoff
  • Telfer Road

Motorists should avoid the area and should not drive into water of unknown depth and current.


There is no fuel at Sandfire Roadhouse on Great Northern Highway. Motorists will need to refuel at Pardoo or Roebuck Roadhouse and be prepared to travel for 500 kilometres without refuelling.


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