Friday, December 27th, 2013

Kuri Bay to Broome: Cyclone BLUE alert

A cyclone BLUE alert is in place for coastal areas between Kuri Bay and Broome.

DFESThis includes Derby and the Dampier Peninsula.

You can read DFES’ alert here:

The following alert has been issued by the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES).

 

Time of issue: 3.20pm

Date of issue: 27 December 2013

 

 

BLUE Alert for Kuri Bay to Broome in the Kimberley

 

 

COMMUNITY ALERT LEVEL:

A BLUE ALERT is current for people in or near thecoastal and inland communities of Kuri Bay to Broome.

 

This includes people in Derby and the Dampier Penninsula and surrounding areas.

 

Although there is no immediate danger you need to start preparing for dangerous weather and keep up to date.

 

WHAT TO DO:

 

DFES State Emergency Service (SES) and Volunteer Emergency Service (VES) advises you to:

• Get ready for dangerous weather by preparing your home inside and out.

• Secure or remove loose material from around your home.

• Ensure your emergency kit is complete and check your family knows what to do.

 

CYCLONE WARNING is current for people in or near the coastal communities of Kuri Bay to Broome.

 

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.

 

CYCLONE WATCH is current for people in or near the coastal communities of Broome to Mardie, including Port Hedland and Karratha.

 

Keep up to date with the development of the cyclone through radio, television or the internet.

 

CYCLONE DETAILS:

As at 2.59pm the Bureau of Meteorology advises that at 2.00pm WST a Tropical Low was estimated to be 430 kilometres north of Broome and 780 kilometres north northeast of Port Hedland and moving southwest at seven kilometres per hour parallel to the coast.

 

A tropical low, located to the north of Broome, is expected to develop into a tropical cyclone on Saturday as it moves southwest roughly parallel to the coast.

 

Gales with gusts to 100 kilometres per hour may develop on the Kimberley coast between Kuri Bay and Broome during Saturday and then extend further southwest to De Grey by Sunday morning. Heavy rain is expected on Saturday in coastal areas of the Kimberley north of Broome.

 

As the system begins to approach the coast later on Sunday, gales are expected to develop further west to Port Hedland and then to Mardie including Karratha overnight or Monday morning. The system should steadily intensify before reaching the coast.

 

WHAT SES/VES VOLUNTEERS ARE DOING:

Thirty SES and VES volunteers from the Kimberley are on standby.

 

ROAD CLOSURES:

• The Gibb River Road is closed from Lennard River to Wyndham.

 

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

 

IMPORTANT NUMBERS:

• For SES assistance call 132 500

• In a life threatening situation call 000

• For the latest weather information call 1300 659 210 or visit http://www.bom.gov.au/

• For information about road conditions and closures contact local Police or Main Roads WA on 138 138.

 

 

KEEP UP TO DATE:

Call 1300 657 209, visit http://www.dfes.wa.gov.au/ or listen to news bulletins.

 

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