Saturday, February 8th, 2014

Cockatoo Island to Hedland: Cyclone advice

Communities from Cockatoo Island to Port Hedland are advised to prepare for a possible cyclone.

DFESThe tropical low that has been causing record flooding is expected to move over open water and possibly form a cyclone by Monday or Tuesday.

You can see the cyclone track map if you click here.

You can read DFES’ advice here:

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

 

 

 

Time of issue: 3.35pm

Date of issue: 8 February 2014

 

Cyclone advice for Cockatoo Island to Port Hedland in the Kimberley

 

If you live in the Kimberley between Cockatoo Island and Port Hedland, you need to prepare your home and family for a possible cyclone, with the development of a tropical low of the Western Australian coast.

 

This includes people in Cockatoo Island, Port Hedland, Broome and Wallal and surrounding areas.

 

Remember that preparing your home and family for a cyclone is your responsibility.

 

WHAT TO DO:

DFESs State Emergency Service (SES) advises you to:

 

Review your family cyclone plan and make sure everyone knows what to do.

Prepare your home inside and out.

Organise an emergency kit with a portable battery operated radio, torch, spare batteries and first aid kit.

Know the community cyclone alert system and the steps that must be taken for each alert.

 

CYCLONE DETAILS:

As at 2:46 pm on Saturday 8 February 2014 a Cyclone WATCH has been declared for a developing tropical low for coastal and island areas from Cockatoo Island to Port Hedland, including Broome and Wallal.

 

At 2:00 pm a tropical low was estimated to be 155 kilometres southwest of Wyndham and 200 kilometres west southwest of Kununurra and moving west southwest at 10 kilometres per hour.

 

The low is expected to move steadily towards the west southwest across the Kimberley over the weekend bringing heavy rainfall and periods of strong and squally winds.

 

The system may move over open water off the west Kimberley coast, in the vicinity of Broome, during Monday. If the low spends enough time over open water it will develop into a tropical cyclone on Monday or Tuesday.

 

Gales are not expected in coastal areas over the weekend but may develop between Cockatoo Island and Wallal on Monday if the low develops into a tropical cyclone. Gales may then extend down the coast towards Port Hedland later on Monday.

 

The biggest impact from this system is likely to be flooding, which is already occurring in the Kimberley and is likely to extend into the Pilbara from late Monday. Flood Warnings are current for the Fitzroy River, Ord River and the north and west Kimberley. Please refer to the latest Flood Warnings for further details.

 

Community alerts will be issued by DFES if the cyclone comes closer.

 

There are four stages of alerts Blue, Yellow, Red and All Clear.

 

BLUE ALERT means prepare for dangerous weather.

YELLOW ALERT means take action and get ready to shelter from a cyclone.

RED ALERT means go to shelter immediately.

ALL CLEAR means that wind and storm surge dangers have passed but you need to take care to avoid the dangers caused by damage.

 

IMPORTANT NUMBERS:

 

For SES assistance call 132 500.

In a life threatening situation call 000.

For weather information visit www.bom.gov.auor call 1300 659 210.

 

 

KEEP UP TO DATE:

Call 1300 657 209, visit www.dfes.wa.gov.au , follow DFES on Twitter @dfes_wa listen to news bulletins.

 

For more information on how to prepare, a copy of Cyclone Smart is available at www.dfes.wa.gov.au

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