Communities are on alert as Severe Tropical Cyclone Laurence heads inland towards Marble Bar, Yarrie and Telfer after crossing the Western Australian coast near Eighty Mile Beach yesterday.
FESA State Emergency Service (SES) volunteers from Port Hedland and Broome are currently mobilising to assist the local community and Volunteer Emergency Service volunteers from Marble Bar are on standby.
Incident management teams have been established to help people who have been impacted by the cyclone.
A FESA reconnaissance helicopter will be deployed from Broome to survey the damage this morning when weather allows.
Strong winds and heavy rain caused significant damage to buildings at the Eighty Mile Beach Caravan Park and Wallal Homestead.
Widespread stock losses have also been reported and phone lines are currently down in the affected areas.
· People needing SES assistance can call 132 500.
· In a life threatening situation call 000.
· For the latest weather information visit www.bom.gov.au or call 1300 659 210.
· For information about road conditions contact Main Roads WA on 138 138 or visit www.mainroads.wa.gov.au.
· To report downed powerlines call Western Power on 13 13 51.
For more cyclone safety tips visit www.fesa.wa.gov.au