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Cyclone Blue Alert for people in Pannawonica to Nullagine

Category: Cyclone Alert Summary: Cyclone RED ALERT for Pardoo to Whim Creek extending east but not including Marble Bar in the Pilbara Content:

Please note Pardoo to Whim Creek is now at Red Alert and changes under storm surge information


This is an emergency broadcast from the Department of Fire and Emergency Services.
It is essential that the words are not changed.

The following alert has been issued by the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES).
Time of issue: 03:46 PM
Date of issue: 23 March 2019


Cyclone RED ALERT for Pardoo to Whim Creek extending east but not including Marble Bar in the Pilbara

COMMUNITY ALERT LEVEL:
A RED ALERT is current for people in communities between Pardoo and Whim Creek including Port Hedland and South Hedland due to Tropical Cyclone Veronica.
There is a threat to lives and homes. You are in danger and need to act immediately.

WHAT TO DO:
DFES advises:

  • You need to remain inside and shelter in the strongest, safest part of your house or evacuation centre.
  • Keep your emergency kit with you.
  • Stay away from doors and windows, and keep them closed.
  • Stay indoors until the ALL CLEAR is given by authorities.

STORM SURGE

  • Tropical Cyclone Veronica will result in a significant storm surge along parts of the Pilbara coast.  
  • There is a high risk that this will result in properties becoming inundated in the greater Port Hedland area. 
  • To view the Port Hedland Storm Surge Modelling Maps click here and open in a new tab. To view on mobile device press and hold the link for 5 seconds.
  • If you live in this area, it is too late to leave and you need to shelter in the strongest part of your house.
  • If there is a life-threatening situation call 000.
  • Tides are at the highest point this weekend which increases the risk of large storm tides. The surge may be up to 4 metres on top of the existing tide level. 
  • There are many hazards associated with this type of inundation. Flood waters can contain contaminants that can be harmful to your health. It is likely that if flooded, power will be cut and if not live electricity could pose a risk to residents.
  • Utilities like power and gas may be unavailable for an extended period of time following the event and residents should consider this when making their decision to stay or relocate.


Cyclone YELLOW ALERT for Wallal to Pardoo and Whim Creek to Mardie in the Pilbara

COMMUNITY ALERT LEVEL:
A YELLOW ALERT is current for people in communities between Wallal to Pardoo and Whim Creek to Mardie, including Point Samson, Wickham, Roebourne, Karratha, Dampier and inland including Marble Bar.
There is a possible threat to lives and homes as a cyclone is approaching the area.
You need to take action and get ready to shelter from a cyclone.

WHAT TO DO:
DFES advises:

  • 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 may now be closing.
  • Karratha is at a low risk of inundation from storm surge, but communities are asked to remain alert and prepare for a change in conditions.


Cyclone BLUE ALERT for people in Pannawonica to Nullagine in the Pilbara

COMMUNITY ALERT LEVEL:
A BLUE ALERT is current for people in parts of the inland Pilbara, including Pannawonica and Nullagine in the Pilbara.
Although there is no immediate danger you need to start preparing for dangerous weather and keep up to date

WHAT TO DO:
DFES advises:

  • 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.
  • You need to prepare to leave for a safer place or shelter in place. Advise others if you plan to evacuate and take warm clothing, valuables and essential items. Check your neighbours have received this warning.


CYCLONE DETAILS:
As at 23 March 2019 03:00 PM:

Severe Tropical Cyclone Veronica, a Category 4 system, is slowly moving towards the Pilbara coast. A severe coastal impact is expected during Sunday with the very destructive winds near the centre of the cyclone likely to affect the coast from early Sunday morning. The system is expected to cross the coast during Sunday, somewhere between Pardoo and Roebourne. The crossing may occur close to Port Hedland.

Gales with gusts to 100 kilometres per hour are starting to develop between Wallal Downs and Mardie, and are expected to extend inland to Marble Bar by Sunday morning.

Destructive winds with gusts exceeding 125 kilometres per hour are forecast to develop along the coast between Pardoo and Mardie from later on Saturday afternoon or evening, continuing during Sunday.

Very destructive winds with gusts in excess of 165 kilometres per hour are expected near the cyclone centre as it approaches and crosses the coast during Sunday.

On Sunday gales may extend to adjacent inland areas including Pannawonica and Nullagine.

Tropical Cyclone Veronica may be travelling more slowly than a typical system as it crosses the coast during Sunday, and as a result communities in the path of the cyclone should prepare to shelter from the destructive winds for an extended period of
12 hours or more.

Widespread very heavy rainfall conducive to major flooding is likely over the Pilbara coast and adjacent inland areas over the weekend. Heavy rainfall is expected to result in significant river rises areas of flooding and hazardous road conditions. Some roads may become impassable and some communities may become isolated. An initial Flood Warning has been issued for the Pilbara Coastal Rivers. Please refer to the warning for further details (http://www.bom.gov.au/wa/warnings/).

People along the Pilbara coast are warned of the potential for a very dangerous storm tide as the cyclone approaches the coast late Saturday. Tides are likely to rise significantly above the normal high tide mark with damaging waves and very dangerous coastal inundation.

ROAD CLOSURES AND CONDITIONS:

Roads open to four wheel drives and trucks ONLY due to flooding include:

  • Ripon Hills Road in both directions. 

Four wheel drive vehicles and trucks may proceed with caution.

The following roads are now closed. Reopening will be subject to cyclone damage and flooding assessments:

  • North West Coastal Highway in both directions from 5 kilometres north of Roebourne to the Great Northern Highway intersection. 
  • Great Northern Highway in both directions between Auski Roadhouse and Sandfire Roadhouse. 
  • Karratha Tom Price Road in both directions.
  • Point Samson Roebourne Road in both directions.
  • Dampier Road in both directions.
  • Madigan Road.   

Some roads may become impassable and some communities may become isolated. Travellers need to be aware that road conditions may be adversely affected and travel plans may need to be reconsidered.

Please visit www.mainroads.wa.gov.au to keep up to date.

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

SAFER PLACE:

  • The Department for Communities has set up two temporary evacuation centres.
    • South Hedland
      • JD Hardie Centre, located at 5991 Cottier Dr, South Hedland 
    • ​Karratha
      • ​Karratha Leisureplex, located on Dampier Hwy, opposite Broadhurst Road, Karratha
  • Be aware that only essential items can be taken into these centres. Alcohol and pets, except guide and assistance dogs, are prohibited.

HEALTH:

  • The WA Country Health Service has advised that once a red alert is notified, Karratha and Hedland Health Campus emergency departments will continue to operate, as will Onslow Health Service, while Roebourne Hospital will be closed. The facility will be reopened once the red alert is lifted.
  • Anyone with a pre-existing medical condition should be prepared with sufficient medication.
  • If you are sick during a Red Alert, call health direct or 000 in case of emergency. 

For more information go to the WA Country Health Service website.

 

FORECAST AFFECTED AREAS:

CYCLONE WARNING is current for people from Wallal to Mardie

CYCLONE WATCH is current for people extending to the inland Pilbara to include Pannawonica and Nullagine


WHAT EMERGENCY SERVICES ARE DOING:

An emergency situation has been declared in the warning area to enable WA Police and SES volunteers to undertake evacuations as required.

DFES is working closely with volunteers, local governments and other agencies to ensure communities are prepared.

DFES has deployed a taskforce of 40 people to the Pilbara region. These include Incident Management Team personnel, Aboriginal Advancement Unit liaison officers, Urban Search and Rescue personnel and State Emergency Service (SES) volunteers.

All Pilbara coastal SES and Volunteer Fire and Emergency Services units are currently undertaking preparatory and planning activities to assist the community. 

DFES has made contact with regional and remote communities to assess their preparedness levels. 

WA Police, St John Ambulance and all relevant government agencies are involved in consultation and planning. 


EXTRA INFORMATION:

REGISTER.FIND.UNITE
Register with Register.Find.Reunite. to let your family and loved ones know you’re OK and where you will be relocating to via www.redcross.org.au from any computer or mobile device or in person at the temporary evacuation centre. 

If you are unable to contact a loved one who may have been planning to be in the area, enquire about their whereabouts through the online Register.Find.Reunite. system at www.redcross.org.au.

 

PARK CLOSURES

The Parks and Wildlife Service has issued Park Closures for:

  • Karijini National Park 
  • Millstream Chichester National Park 

For more information contact your local Parks and Wildlife Service office or visit www.emergency.wa.gov.au.

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 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:
Visit www.emergency.wa.gov.au, call 13 DFES (13 3337), follow DFES on Twitter: https://twitter.com/dfes_wa, Facebook: https://facebook.com/dfeswa/, listen to ABC Local Radio or listen to news bulletins.
Updates will be provided when the situation changes

END

Cyclone Blue Alert for people in Pannawonica and Nullagine

Category: Cyclone Alert Summary: Cyclone YELLOW ALERT for Wallal Downs to Mardie and inland to Marble Bar in the Pilbara Content:

Please note new Storm Surge Modelling Maps for Port Hedland.

The following alert has been issued by the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES).
Time of issue: 02:02 PM
Date of issue: 23 March 2019


Cyclone YELLOW ALERT for Wallal Downs to Mardie and inland to Marble Bar in the Pilbara

COMMUNITY ALERT LEVEL:
A YELLOW ALERT is current for people in communities between Wallal and Mardie, including Port Hedland, South Hedland, Point Samson, Wickham, Roebourne, Karratha, Dampier and inland to Marble Bar.
There is a possible threat to lives and homes as a cyclone is approaching the area.
You need to take action and get ready to shelter from a cyclone.


WHAT TO DO:
DFES advises:

  • 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 be closing soon.
  • You need to prepare to leave for a safer place or shelter in place. Advise others if you plan to evacuate and take warm clothing, valuables and essential items. Check your neighbours have received this warning.

STORM SURGE

  • To view the Port Hedland Storm Surge Modelling Maps click here and open in a new tab. To view on mobile device press and hold the link for 5 seconds.
  • If you live in this area, you need to start preparing now to relocate to a safer place.
  • This could be with family or friends or if you have no other alternative, at a local evacuation centre. Be aware that only essential items can be taken into these centres. Alcohol and pets, except guide and assistance dogs, are prohibited.
  • Tropical Cyclone Veronica will result in a significant storm surge along parts of the Pilbara coast.  
  • There is a high risk that this will result in properties becoming inundated in the greater Port Hedland area. 
  • Tides are at the highest point this weekend which increases the risk of large storm tides. The surge may be up to 4 metres on top of the existing tide level. 
  • There are many hazards associated with this type of inundation. Flood waters can contain contaminates that can be harmful to your health. It is likely that if flooded, power will be cut and if not live electricity could pose a risk to residents.
  • Utilities like power and gas may be unavailable for an extended period of time following the event and residents should consider this when making their decision to stay or relocate.
  • Karratha is not currently at risk of inundation from storm surge, but communities are asked to remain alert and prepared for a change in conditions.
 PETS AND LIVESTOCK
  • Have your pet emergency kit ready with sufficient food, water, essential medications, restraints, cages and bedding adequate for several days.
  • If you are in the path of the cyclone, if possible start to move animals under solid shelter.
  • If your property is in danger of flooding, move all stock to the highest area of the property away from water sources and plains likely to flood.
  • Consider opening internal property gates to allow animals to move to dry ground. Fences along roadsides should not be cut and external property gates should not be opened.


Cyclone BLUE ALERT for people in Pannawonica and Nullagine in the Pilbara

COMMUNITY ALERT LEVEL:
A BLUE ALERT is current for people in parts of the inland Pilbara, including Pannawonica and Nullagine in the Pilbara.
Although there is no immediate danger you need to start preparing for dangerous weather and keep up to date

WHAT TO DO:
DFES advises:

  • 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.
  • You need to prepare to leave for a safer place or shelter in place. Advise others if you plan to evacuate and take warm clothing, valuables and essential items. Check your neighbours have received this warning.


CYCLONE DETAILS:
As at 23 March 2019 01:06 PM:

Severe Tropical Cyclone Veronica, a Category 4 system, is slowly moving towards the Pilbara coast. A severe coastal impact is expected during later Saturday and Sunday with the very destructive winds near the centre of the cyclone likely to affect the coast from late Saturday. The system is expected to cross the coast during Sunday. The crossing is likely somewhere between Pardoo and Roebourne, and may occur close to Port Hedland.

Gales with gusts to 100 kilometres per hour are starting to develop along the coast between Wallal Downs and Mardie, and may extend inland to Marble Bar by Sunday morning.

Destructive winds with gusts exceeding 125 kilometres per hour are forecast to develop along the coast between Pardoo and Dampier from later on Saturday afternoon or evening, continuing during Sunday.

Very destructive winds with gusts in excess of 165 kilometres per hour are expected near the cyclone centre as it approaches the coast Saturday night, continuing during Sunday.

On Sunday gales may extend to adjacent inland areas including Pannawonica and Nullagine.

Veronica may be travelling more slowly than a typical system as it crosses the coast during Sunday morning, and as a result communities in the path of the cyclone should prepare to shelter from the destructive winds for an extended period of 12 hours or more.

Widespread very heavy rainfall conducive to major flooding is likely over the Pilbara coast and adjacent inland areas over the weekend. Heavy rainfall is expected to result in significant river rises areas of flooding and hazardous road conditions. Some roads may become impassable and some communities may become isolated. An initial Flood Warning has been issued for the Pilbara Coastal Rivers. Please refer to the warning for further details (http://www.bom.gov.au/wa/warnings/).

People along the Pilbara coast are warned of the potential for a very dangerous storm tide as the cyclone approaches the coast late Saturday. Tides are likely to rise significantly above the normal high tide mark with damaging winds and very dangerous coastal inundation.

ROAD CLOSURES AND CONDITIONS:

Roads open to four wheel drives and trucks ONLY due to flooding include:

  • Ripon Hills Road in both directions. 

Four wheel drive vehicles and trucks may proceed with caution.

The following roads are now closed. Reopening will be subject to cyclone damage and flooding assessments:

  • North West Coastal Highway in both directions from 5 kilometres north of Roebourne to the Great Northern Highway intersection. 
  • Great Northern Highway in both directions between Auski Roadhouse and Sandfire Roadhouse. 
  • Karratha Tom Price Road in both directions.

The following roads will be closed during Red Alert:

  • Point Samson Roebourne Road in both directions.
  • Dampier Road in both directions.
  • Madigan Road.   

Some roads may become impassable and some communities may become isolated. Travellers need to be aware that road conditions may be adversely affected and travel plans may need to be reconsidered.

Please visit www.mainroads.wa.gov.au to keep up to date.

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

SAFER PLACE:

  • The Department for Communities has set up two temporary evacuation centres.
    • South Hedland
      • JD Hardie Centre, located at 5991 Cottier Dr, South Hedland 
    • ​Karratha
      • ​Karratha Leisureplex, located on Dampier Hwy, opposite Broadhurst Road, Karratha
  • Be aware that only essential items can be taken into these centres. Alcohol and pets, except guide and assistance dogs, are prohibited.

HEALTH:

  • The WA Country Health Service has advised that once a red alert is notified, Karratha and Hedland Health Campus emergency departments will continue to operate, as will Onslow Health Service, while Roebourne Hospital will be closed. The facility will be reopened once the red alert is lifted.
  • Anyone with a pre-existing medical condition should be prepared with sufficient medication.
  • If you are sick during a Red Alert, call health direct or 000 in case of emergency. 

For more information go to the WA Country Health Service website.

 

FORECAST AFFECTED AREAS:

CYCLONE WARNING is current for people from Wallal to Mardie including Port Hedland and Karratha

CYCLONE WATCH is current for people extending to the inland Pilbara to include Pannawonica and Nullagine


WHAT EMERGENCY SERVICES ARE DOING:

An emergency situation has been declared in the warning area to enable WA Police and SES volunteers to undertake evacuations as required.

DFES is working closely with volunteers, local governments and other agencies to ensure communities are prepared.

DFES has deployed a taskforce of 40 people to the Pilbara region. These include Incident Management Team personnel, Aboriginal Advancement Unit liaison officers, Urban Search and Rescue personnel and State Emergency Service (SES) volunteers.

All Pilbara coastal SES and Volunteer Fire and Emergency Services units are currently undertaking preparatory and planning activities to assist the community. 

DFES has made contact with regional and remote communities to assess their preparedness levels. 

WA Police, St John Ambulance and all relevant government agencies are involved in consultation and planning. 


EXTRA INFORMATION:

REGISTER.FIND.UNITE
Register with Register.Find.Reunite. to let your family and loved ones know you’re OK and where you will be relocating to via www.redcross.org.au from any computer or mobile device or in person at the temporary evacuation centre. 

If you are unable to contact a loved one who may have been planning to be in the area, enquire about their whereabouts through the online Register.Find.Reunite. system at www.redcross.org.au.

 

PARK CLOSURES

The Parks and Wildlife Service has issued Park Closures for:

  • Karijini National Park 
  • Millstream Chichester National Park 

For more information contact your local Parks and Wildlife Service office or visit www.emergency.wa.gov.au.

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 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:
Visit www.emergency.wa.gov.au, call 13 DFES (13 3337), follow DFES on Twitter: https://twitter.com/dfes_wa, Facebook: https://facebook.com/dfeswa/, listen to ABC Local Radio or listen to news bulletins.
Updates will be provided when the situation changes

END

Cyclone Blue Alert for people in Pannawonica and Nullagine

Category: Cyclone Alert Summary: Cyclone YELLOW ALERT for Wallal Downs to Mardie and inland to Marble Bar in the Pilbara Content:

Please note changes to Road Closures and What to Do.

The following alert has been issued by the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES).
Time of issue: 12:45 PM
Date of issue: 23 March 2019


Cyclone YELLOW ALERT for Wallal Downs to Mardie and inland to Marble Bar in the Pilbara

COMMUNITY ALERT LEVEL:
A YELLOW ALERT is current for people in communities between Wallal and Mardie, including Port Hedland, South Hedland, Point Samson, Wickham, Roebourne, Karratha, Dampier and inland to Marble Bar. .
There is a possible threat to lives and homes as a cyclone is approaching the area.
You need to take action and get ready to shelter from a cyclone.


WHAT TO DO:
DFES advises:

  • 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 be closing soon.
  • You need to prepare to leave for a safer place or shelter in place. Advise others if you plan to evacuate and take warm clothing, valuables and essential items. Check your neighbours have received this warning.

STORM SURGE

  • To view the Storm Surge Impact map right click here and open in a new tab. To view on mobile device press and hold the link for 5 seconds.
  • If you live in this area, you need to start preparing now to relocate to a safer place.
  • This could be with family or friends or if you have no other alternative, at a local evacuation centre. Be aware that only essential items can be taken into these centres. Alcohol and pets, except guide and assistance dogs, are prohibited.
  • Tropical Cyclone Veronica will result in a significant storm surge along parts of the Pilbara coast.  
  • There is a high risk that this will result in properties becoming inundated in the greater Port Hedland area. 
  • Tides are at the highest point this weekend which increases the risk of large storm tides. The surge may be up to 4 metres on top of the existing tide level. 
  • There are many hazards associated with this type of inundation. Flood waters can contain contaminates that can be harmful to your health. It is likely that if flooded, power will be cut and if not live electricity could pose a risk to residents.
  • Utilities like power and gas may be unavailable for an extended period of time following the event and residents should consider this when making their decision to stay or relocate.
  • Karratha is not currently at risk of inundation from storm surge, but communities are asked to remain alert and prepared for a change in conditions.
 PETS AND LIVESTOCK
  • Have your pet emergency kit ready with sufficient food, water, essential medications, restraints, cages and bedding adequate for several days.
  • If you are in the path of the cyclone, if possible start to move animals under solid shelter.
  • If your property is in danger of flooding, move all stock to the highest area of the property away from water sources and plains likely to flood.
  • Consider opening internal property gates to allow animals to move to dry ground. Fences along roadsides should not be cut and external property gates should not be opened.


Cyclone BLUE ALERT for people in Pannawonica and Nullagine in the Pilbara

COMMUNITY ALERT LEVEL:
A BLUE ALERT is current for people in parts of the inland Pilbara, including Pannawonica and Nullagine in the Pilbara.
Although there is no immediate danger you need to start preparing for dangerous weather and keep up to date

WHAT TO DO:
DFES advises:

  • 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.
  • You need to prepare to leave for a safer place or shelter in place. Advise others if you plan to evacuate and take warm clothing, valuables and essential items. Check your neighbours have received this warning.


CYCLONE DETAILS:
As at 23 March 2019 11:18 AM:

Severe Tropical Cyclone Veronica, a Category 4 system, is slowly moving towards the Pilbara coast. A severe coastal impact is expected during later Saturday and Sunday with the very destructive winds near the centre of the cyclone likely to affect the coast from late Saturday. The system is expected to cross the coast late on Saturday or on Sunday morning.

Gales with gusts to 100 kilometres per hour may develop between Wallal Downs and Mardie from Saturday afternoon, extending inland to Marble Bar by Sunday morning.

Destructive winds with gusts exceeding 125 kilometres per hour are forecast to develop along the coast between Pardoo and Mardie later on Saturday afternoon or evening.

Very destructive winds with gusts in excess of 165 kilometres per hour are expected near the cyclone centre as it approaches the coast Saturday night.

On Sunday gales may extend to adjacent inland areas including Pannawonica and Nullagine.

Veronica may be travelling more slowly than a typical system as it crosses the coast during Sunday morning, and as a result communities in the path of the cyclone should prepare to shelter from the destructive winds for an extended period of 12 hours or more.

Widespread very heavy rainfall conducive to major flooding is likely over the Pilbara coast and adjacent inland areas over the weekend. Heavy rainfall is expected to result in significant river rises areas of flooding and hazardous road conditions. Some roads may become impassable and some communities may become isolated. An initial Flood Warning has been issued for the Pilbara Coastal Rivers. Please refer to the warning for further details (http://www.bom.gov.au/wa/warnings/).

People along the Pilbara coast are warned of the potential for a very dangerous storm tide  as the cyclone approaches the coast late Saturday. Tides are likely to rise significantly above the normal high tide mark with damaging waves and very dangerous coastal inundation. 

ROAD CLOSURES AND CONDITIONS:

Roads open to four wheel drives and trucks ONLY due to flooding include:

  • Ripon Hills Road in both directions. 

Four wheel drive vehicles and trucks may proceed with caution.

The following roads are now closed. Reopening will be subject to cyclone damage and flooding assessments:

  • North West Coastal Highway in both directions from 5 kilometres north of Roebourne to the Great Northern Highway intersection. 
  • Great Northern Highway in both directions between Auski Roadhouse and Sandfire Roadhouse. 
  • Karratha Tom Price Road in both directions.

The following roads will be closed during Red Alert:

  • Point Samson Roebourne Road in both directions.
  • Dampier Road in both directions.
  • Madigan Road.   

Some roads may become impassable and some communities may become isolated. Travellers need to be aware that road conditions may be adversely affected and travel plans may need to be reconsidered.

Please visit www.mainroads.wa.gov.au to keep up to date.

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

SAFER PLACE:

  • The Department for Communities has set up two temporary evacuation centres.
    • South Hedland
      • JD Hardie Centre, located at 5991 Cottier Dr, South Hedland 
    • ​Karratha
      • ​Karratha Leisureplex, located on Dampier Hwy, opposite Broadhurst Road, Karratha
  • Be aware that only essential items can be taken into these centres. Alcohol and pets, except guide and assistance dogs, are prohibited.

HEALTH:

  • The WA Country Health Service has advised that once a red alert is notified, Karratha and Hedland Health Campus emergency departments will continue to operate, as will Onslow Health Service, while Roebourne Hospital will be closed. The facility will be reopened once the red alert is lifted.
  • Anyone with a pre-existing medical condition should be prepared with sufficient medication.
  • If you are sick during a Red Alert, call health direct or 000 in case of emergency. 

For more information go to the WA Country Health Service website.

 

FORECAST AFFECTED AREAS:

CYCLONE WARNING is current for people from Wallal to Mardie including Port Hedland and Karratha

CYCLONE WATCH is current for people extending to the inland Pilbara to include Pannawonica and Nullagine


WHAT EMERGENCY SERVICES ARE DOING:

An emergency situation has been declared in the warning area to enable WA Police and SES volunteers to undertake evacuations as required.

DFES is working closely with volunteers, local governments and other agencies to ensure communities are prepared.

DFES has deployed a taskforce of 40 people to the Pilbara region. These include Incident Management Team personnel, Aboriginal Advancement Unit liaison officers, Urban Search and Rescue personnel and State Emergency Service (SES) volunteers.

All Pilbara coastal SES and Volunteer Fire and Emergency Services units are currently undertaking preparatory and planning activities to assist the community. 

DFES has made contact with regional and remote communities to assess their preparedness levels. 

WA Police, St John Ambulance and all relevant government agencies are involved in consultation and planning. 


EXTRA INFORMATION:

REGISTER.FIND.UNITE
Register with Register.Find.Reunite. to let your family and loved ones know you’re OK and where you will be relocating to via www.redcross.org.au from any computer or mobile device or in person at the temporary evacuation centre. 

If you are unable to contact a loved one who may have been planning to be in the area, enquire about their whereabouts through the online Register.Find.Reunite. system at www.redcross.org.au.

 

PARK CLOSURES

The Parks and Wildlife Service has issued Park Closures for:

  • Karijini National Park 
  • Millstream Chichester National Park 

For more information contact your local Parks and Wildlife Service office or visit www.emergency.wa.gov.au.

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 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:
Visit www.emergency.wa.gov.au, call 13 DFES (13 3337), follow DFES on Twitter: https://twitter.com/dfes_wa, Facebook: https://facebook.com/dfeswa/, listen to ABC Local Radio or listen to news bulletins.
Updates will be provided when the situation changes

END

Flood - Prepare for Pilbara

Category: Flood Alert Summary: Take action now for Major flooding in parts of the Pilbara districts. Content:

Please note changes throughout the alert


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


Time of issue: 12:33 PM
Date of issue: 23 March 2019

Take action now for Major flooding in parts of the Pilbara districts.

People in Pilbara Coastal Rivers area need to take action now as Major flooding is expected from today and through the coming days.
Water will be fast flowing and levels will rise quickly.

WHAT TO DO:  
DFES advises you to:

  • Watch for changes in water levels so you are ready if you need to evacuate.
  • Pack a relocation kit together with your emergency kit.
  • Relocate equipment and livestock so they do not get caught in floodwaters.
  • Prepare pet food or stockfeed in case you cannot return home for a few days.
  • Never walk, swim or play in floodwaters as they are dangerous.
  • Do not go near storm drains and pipes, ditches and ravines, as they are dangerous.
  • Stay out of rivers, this includes no swimming or kayaking.
  • If you are a traveller do not park or camp adjacent to rivers.
IF DRIVING:
  • Floodways and river levels may rise rapidly so be careful at crossings.
  • Obey road closure signs and do not drive into water of unknown depth and current.
  • Take care on gravel and unsealed roads as they may be slippery and muddy, and you could get bogged.
  • If your car stalls in rising water, abandon it immediately and seek shelter above floodwater.

Prepare for flooding in parts of the Pilbara districts.


People in De Grey River, Pilbara Coastal Rivers, Fortescue River, Onslow Coast and Ashburton River catchments should prepare for possible Major flooding expected from today and through the coming days. Heavy rainfall is expected for people bounded by Sandfire to Telfer to Newman to Paraburdoo through to Onslow.

There is no immediate danger but you need to keep up to date in case the situation changes.

WHAT TO DO:  
DFES advises you to:

  • Prepare to relocate equipment and livestock early so they are not caught in floodwaters.
  • Prepare an emergency kit including enough canned food and water to last for four days, as well as clothing, important documents and medication.
  • Fill your vehicle's fuel tank.
  • Watch for changes in water levels so you are ready if you need to evacuate
  • Never walk, swim or play in floodwaters, as they are dangerous.
  • Stay out of rivers, this includes no swimming or kayaking.
  • Do not park or camp adjacent to rivers.
IF DRIVING:
  • Be careful at crossings and floodways as river levels may rise rapidly.
  • Obey road closure signs and do not drive into water of unknown depth and current.
  • Take care on gravel and unsealed roads as they may be slippery and muddy, and you could get bogged.
  • Carry extra food and water when travelling in case of long delays at crossings.

ROAD CLOSURES:

Roads open to four wheel drives and trucks ONLY due to flooding include:

  • Ripon Hills Road in both directions. 

Four wheel drive vehicles and trucks may proceed with caution.

The following roads are now closed. Reopening will be subject to cyclone damage and flooding assessments:

  • North West Coastal Highway in both directions from 5 kilometres north of Roebourne to the Great Northern Highway intersection. 
  • Great Northern Highway in both directions between Auski Roadhouse and Sandfire Roadhouse. 
  • Karratha Tom Price Road in both directions.

The following roads will be closed during Red Alert:

  • Point Samson Roebourne Road in both directions.
  • Dampier Road in both directions.
  • Madigan Road. 


Some roads may become impassable and some communities may become isolated. Travellers need to be aware that road conditions may be adversely affected and travel plans may need to be reconsidered.

Road information may also be available by calling Main Roads WA on 138 138 or visiting www.mainroads.wa.gov.au or by contacting your local Shire.

FLOOD DETAILS:  
As at 23/03/2019 10:56:00 the Bureau of Meteorology advises flooding is expected to develop in the Pilbara Coastal Rivers catchments. Heavy rainfall associated with Severe Tropical Cyclone Veronica is expected to cause significant stream level rises and widespread flooding commencing late Saturday into Sunday. For the Pilbara Coastal Rivers rainfall totals for Saturday through to Monday will range from 100 mm furthest from the cyclones path to 500 mm with isolated higher totals possible closest to the cyclone track. Heavy rainfall is expected to result in significant river rises areas of flooding and adversely affected road conditions.

Current river levels are available from Department of Water and Environmental Regulation at www.water.wa.gov.au
For the latest flood information visit www.bom.gov.au/wa/flood or call 1300 659 213.

WHAT EMERGENCY SERVICES ARE DOING:

  • DFES is working closely with volunteers, local governments and other agencies to ensure communities are prepared. DFES have deployed a taskforce of 40 people to the Pilbara region to prepare for Tropical Cyclone Veronica and associated flooding. These include Incident Management Team personnel, Aboriginal Advancement Unit liaison officers, Urban Search and Rescue personnel and State Emergency Service (SES) volunteers. All Pilbara coastal SES and Volunteer Fire and Emergency Services units are currently undertaking preparatory and planning activities to assist the community. DFES has made contact with regional and remote communities to assess their preparedness levels. WA Police, St John Ambulance and all relevant government agencies are involved in consultation and planning.


IMPORTANT NUMBERS:

  • For SES assistance call 132 500  
  • In a life threatening situation call 000  
  • For the latest flood information call 1300 659 213 or visit www.bom.gov.au/wa/flood        


KEEP UP TO DATE:
Visit www.emergency.wa.gov.au, call 13 DFES (13 3337), follow DFES on Twitter: https://twitter.com/dfes_wa, Facebook: https://facebook.com/dfeswa/, listen to ABC Local Radio or listen to news bulletins.
Updates will be provided when the situation changes.  

END

Cyclone Blue Alert for people in Pannawonica and Nullagine

Category: Cyclone Alert Summary: Cyclone YELLOW ALERT for Wallal Downs to Mardie and inland to Marble Bar in the Pilbara Content:

Please note changes to Weather Details and What Emergency Services Are Doing

The following alert has been issued by the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES).
Time of issue: 09:54 AM
Date of issue: 23 March 2019


Cyclone YELLOW ALERT for Wallal Downs to Mardie and inland to Marble Bar in the Pilbara

COMMUNITY ALERT LEVEL:
A YELLOW ALERT is current for people in communities between Wallal and Mardie, including Port Hedland, South Hedland, Point Samson, Wickham, Roebourne, Karratha, Dampier and inland to Marble Bar need to take action and get ready to shelter from a cyclone.
There is a possible threat to lives and homes as a cyclone is approaching the area.
You need to take action and get ready to shelter from a cyclone.


WHAT TO DO:
DFES advises:

  • 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 may now be closing.
  • Travellers and residents who are not prepared to the highest level are encouraged to leave the cyclone watch area for a safer place. 
     

STORM SURGE

  • To view the Storm Surge Impact map right click here and open in a new tab. To view on mobile device press and hold the link for 5 seconds.
  • If you live in this area, you need to start preparing now to relocate to a safer place.
  • This could be with family or friends or if you have no other alternative, at a local evacuation centre. Be aware that only essential items can be taken into these centres. Alcohol and pets, except guide and assistance dogs, are prohibited.
  • Tropical Cyclone Veronica will result in a significant storm surge along parts of the Pilbara coast.  
  • There is a high risk that this will result in properties becoming inundated in the greater Port Hedland area. 
  • Tides are at the highest point this weekend which increases the risk of large storm tides. The surge may be up to 4 metres on top of the existing tide level. 
  • There are many hazards associated with this type of inundation. Flood waters can contain contaminates that can be harmful to your health. It is likely that if flooded, power will be cut and if not live electricity could pose a risk to residents.
  • Utilities like power and gas may be unavailable for an extended period of time following the event and residents should consider this when making their decision to stay or relocate.
  • Karratha is not currently at risk of inundation from storm surge, but communities are asked to remain alert and prepared for a change in conditions.
 PETS AND LIVESTOCK
  • Have your pet emergency kit ready with sufficient food, water, essential medications, restraints, cages and bedding adequate for several days.
  • If you are in the path of the cyclone, if possible start to move animals under solid shelter.
  • If your property is in danger of flooding, move all stock to the highest area of the property away from water sources and plains likely to flood.
  • Consider opening internal property gates to allow animals to move to dry ground. Fences along roadsides should not be cut and external property gates should not be opened.


Cyclone BLUE ALERT for people in Pannawonica and Nullagine in the Pilbara

COMMUNITY ALERT LEVEL:
A BLUE ALERT is current for people parts of the inland Pilbara, including Pannawonica and Nullagine in the Pilbara.
Although there is no immediate danger you need to start preparing for dangerous weather and keep up to date

WHAT TO DO:
DFES advises:

  • 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.
  • Travellers and residents who are not prepared to the highest level are encouraged to leave the cyclone warning area for a safer place. 

     


CYCLONE DETAILS:
As at 23 March 2019 05:45 AM:

Severe Tropical Cyclone Veronica, a Category 4 system, is slowly moving towards the Pilbara coast. A severe coastal impact is expected during later Saturday and Sunday with the very destructive winds near the centre of the cyclone likely to affect the coast from late Saturday. The system is expected to cross the coast late on Saturday or on Sunday morning.

Gales with gusts to 100 kilometres per hour may develop between Wallal Downs and Mardie from Saturday afternoon, extending inland to Marble Bar by Sunday morning.

Destructive winds with gusts exceeding 125 kilometres per hour are forecast to develop along the coast between Pardoo and Mardie later on Saturday afternoon or evening.

Very destructive winds with gusts in excess of 165 kilometres per hour are expected near the cyclone centre as it approaches the coast Saturday night.

On Sunday gales may extend to adjacent inland areas including Pannawonica and Nullagine.

Veronica may be travelling more slowly than a typical system as it crosses the coast during Sunday morning, and as a result communities in the path of the cyclone should prepare to shelter from the destructive winds for an extended period of 12 hours or more.

Widespread very heavy rainfall conducive to major flooding is likely over the Pilbara coast and adjacent inland areas over the weekend. Heavy rainfall is expected to result in significant river rises areas of flooding and hazardous road conditions. Some roads may become impassable and some communities may become isolated. An initial Flood Warning has been issued for the Pilbara Coastal Rivers. Please refer to the warning for further details (http://www.bom.gov.au/wa/warnings/).

People along the Pilbara coast are warned of the potential for a very dangerous storm tide  as the cyclone approaches the coast late Saturday. Tides are likely to rise significantly above the normal high tide mark with damaging waves and very dangerous coastal inundation. 

ROAD CLOSURES AND CONDITIONS:

Roads open to four wheel drives and trucks ONLY due to flooding include:

  • Ripon Hills Road in both directions. 

Four wheel drive vehicles and trucks may proceed with caution.

The following roads will be closed to all traffic at 12pm today (23/3/19). Roads could be closed for an extended period of time. Reopening will be subject to cyclone damage and flooding assessments:

  • North West Coastal Highway in both directions between Port Hedland and Fortescue Roadhouse.
  • Great Northern Highway in both directions between Auski Roadhouse and Sandfire Roadhouse. 
  • Karratha Tom Price Road in both directions.

The following roads will be closed during Red Alert:

  • Point Samson Roebourne Road in both directions.
  • Dampier Road in both directions.
  • Madigan Road.   

Some roads may become impassable and some communities may become isolated. Travellers need to be aware that road conditions may be adversely affected and travel plans may need to be reconsidered.

Please visit www.mainroads.wa.gov.au to keep up to date.

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

SAFER PLACE:

  • The Department for Communities has set up two temporary evacuation centres.
    • South Hedland
      • JD Hardie Centre, located at 5991 Cottier Dr, South Hedland 
    • ​Karratha
      • ​Karratha Leisureplex, located on Dampier Hwy, opposite Broadhurst Road, Karratha
  • Be aware that only essential items can be taken into these centres. Alcohol and pets, except guide and assistance dogs, are prohibited.

FORECAST AFFECTED AREAS:

CYCLONE WARNING is current for people from Wallal to Mardie including Port Hedland and Karratha

CYCLONE WATCH is current for people extending to the inland Pilbara to include Pannawonica and Nullagine


WHAT EMERGENCY SERVICES ARE DOING:

An emergency situation has been declared in the warning area to enable WA Police and SES volunteers to undertake evacuations as required.

DFES is working closely with volunteers, local governments and other agencies to ensure communities are prepared.

DFES has deployed a taskforce of 40 people to the Pilbara region. These include Incident Management Team personnel, Aboriginal Advancement Unit liaison officers, Urban Search and Rescue personnel and State Emergency Service (SES) volunteers.

All Pilbara coastal SES and Volunteer Fire and Emergency Services units are currently undertaking preparatory and planning activities to assist the community. 

DFES has made contact with regional and remote communities to assess their preparedness levels. 

WA Police, St John Ambulance and all relevant government agencies are involved in consultation and planning. 


EXTRA INFORMATION:

REGISTER.FIND.UNITE
Register with Register.Find.Reunite. to let your family and loved ones know you’re OK and where you will be relocating to via https://redcross.org.au from any computer or mobile device or in person at the temporary evacuation centre. 

If you are unable to contact a loved one who may have been planning to be in the area, enquire about their whereabouts through the online Register.Find.Reunite. system at https://redcross.org.au.

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 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:
Visit www.emergency.wa.gov.au, call 13 DFES (13 3337), follow DFES on Twitter: https://twitter.com/dfes_wa, Facebook: https://facebook.com/dfeswa/, listen to ABC Local Radio or listen to news bulletins.
Updates will be provided when the situation changes

END

Cyclone Blue Alert for people in Pannawonica and Nullagine

Category: Cyclone Alert Summary: Cyclone YELLOW ALERT for Wallal to Mardie in the Pilbara Content:

Please note changes to Alert Areas, Weather Details and Storm Surge information.

The following alert has been issued by the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES).
Time of issue: 06:50 AM
Date of issue: 23 March 2019


Cyclone YELLOW ALERT for Wallal to Mardie in the Pilbara

COMMUNITY ALERT LEVEL:
A YELLOW ALERT is current for people between Wallal and Mardie, including Port Hedland, South Hedland, Point Samson, Wickham, Roebourne, Karratha, Dampier and Marble Bar need to take action and get ready to shelter from a cyclone..
There is a possible threat to lives and homes as a cyclone is approaching the area.
You need to take action and get ready to shelter from a cyclone.

People in To view the Storm Surge Impact map click here. need to as rapid and powerful flooding is as the cyclone .

WHAT TO DO:
DFES advises:

  • 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 may now be closing.
  • Travellers and residents who are not prepared to the highest level are encouraged to leave the cyclone watch area for a safer place. 
     

STORM SURGE

  • To view the Storm Surge Impact map right click here and open in a new tab. 
  • If you live in this area, you need to start preparing now to relocate to a safer place.
  • This could be with family or friends or if you have no other alternative, at a local evacuation centre. Be aware that only essential items can be taken into these centres. Alcohol and pets, except guide and assistance dogs, are prohibited.
  • Tropical Cyclone Veronica will result in a significant storm surge along parts of the Pilbara coast.  
  • There is a high risk that this will result in properties becoming inundated in the greater Port Hedland area. 
  • Tides are at the highest point this weekend which increases the risk of large storm tides. The surge may be up to 4 metres on top of the existing tide level. 
  • There are many hazards associated with this type of inundation. Flood waters can contain contaminates that can be harmful to your health. It is likely that if flooded, power will be cut and if not live electricity could pose a risk to residents.
  • Utilities like power and gas may be unavailable for an extended period of time following the event and residents should consider this when making their decision to stay or relocate.
  • Karratha is not currently at risk of inundation from storm surge, but communities are asked to remain alert and prepared for a change in conditions.
 PETS AND LIVESTOCK
  • Have your pet emergency kit ready with sufficient food, water, essential medications, restraints, cages and bedding adequate for several days.
  • If you are in the path of the cyclone, if possible start to move animals under solid shelter.
  • If your property is in danger of flooding, move all stock to the highest area of the property away from water sources and plains likely to flood.
  • Consider opening internal property gates to allow animals to move to dry ground. Fences along roadsides should not be cut and external property gates should not be opened.


Cyclone BLUE ALERT for people in Pannawonica and Nullagine in the Pilbara

COMMUNITY ALERT LEVEL:
A BLUE ALERT is current for people to the inland Pilbara to include Pannawonica and Nullagine in the Pilbara.
Although there is no immediate danger you need to start preparing for dangerous weather and keep up to date

WHAT TO DO:
DFES advises:

  • 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.
  • Travellers and residents who are not prepared to the highest level are encouraged to leave the cyclone warning area for a safer place. 

     


CYCLONE DETAILS:
As at 23 March 2019 05:45 AM:

Severe Tropical Cyclone Veronica, a Category 4 system, is slowly moving towards the Pilbara coast. A severe coastal impact is expected during later Saturday and Sunday with the very destructive winds near the centre of the cyclone likely to affect the coast from late Saturday. The system is expected to cross the coast late on Saturday or Sunday morning.

Gales with gusts to 100 kilometres per hour may develop between Wallal Downs and Mardie from Saturday morning, extending inland to Marble Bar by Sunday morning. 

Destructive winds with gusts exceeding 125 kilometres per hour are forecast to develop along the coast between Pardoo and Mardie Saturday afternoon or evening. 

Very destructive winds with gusts in excess of 165 kilometres per hour are expected near the cyclone centre as it approaches the coast Saturday night.

On Sunday gales may extend to adjacent inland areas including Pannawonica and Nullagine.

Veronica may be travelling more slowly than a typical system as it crosses the coast during Sunday morning, and as a result communities in the path of the cyclone should prepare to shelter from the destructive winds for an extended period of 12 hours or more.

Widespread very heavy rainfall conducive to major flooding is likely over the Pilbara coast and adjacent inland areas over the weekend. Heavy rainfall is expected to result in significant river rises areas of flooding and hazardous road conditions. Some roads may become impassable and some communities may become isolated. An initial Flood Warning has been issued for the Pilbara Coastal Rivers. Please refer to the warning for further details (http://www.bom.gov.au/wa/warnings/).

People along the Pilbara coast are warned of the potential for a very dangerous storm tide as the cyclone approaches the coast late Saturday. Tides are likely to rise significantly above the normal high tide mark with damaging waves and very dangerous coastal conditions. 

ROAD CLOSURES AND CONDITIONS:

Roads open to four wheel drives and trucks ONLY due to flooding include:

  • Ripon Hills Road in both directions. 

Four wheel drive vehicles and trucks may proceed with caution.

The following roads will be closed to all traffic at 12pm today (23/3/19). Roads could be closed for an extended period of time. Reopening will be subject to cyclone damage and flooding assessments:

  • North West Coastal Highway in both directions between Port Hedland and Fortescue Roadhouse.
  • Great Northern Highway in both directions between Auski Roadhouse and Sandfire Roadhouse. 
  • Karratha Tom Price Road in both directions.

The following roads will be closed during Red Alert:

  • Point Samson Roebourne Road in both directions.
  • Dampier Road in both directions.
  • Madigan Road.   

Some roads may become impassable and some communities may become isolated. Travellers need to be aware that road conditions may be adversely affected and travel plans may need to be reconsidered.

Please visit www.mainroads.wa.gov.au to keep up to date.

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

SAFER PLACE:

  • The Department for Communities has set up two temporary evacuation centres.
    • South Hedland
      • JD Hardie Centre, located at 5991 Cottier Dr, South Hedland 
    • ​Karratha
      • ​Karratha Leisureplex, located on Dampier Hwy, opposite Broadhurst Road, Karratha
  • Be aware that only essential items can be taken into these centres. Alcohol and pets, except guide and assistance dogs, are prohibited.

FORECAST AFFECTED AREAS:

CYCLONE WARNING is current for people from Wallal to Mardie including Port Hedland and Karratha

CYCLONE WATCH is current for people extending to the inland Pilbara to include Pannawonica and Nullagine


WHAT EMERGENCY SERVICES ARE DOING:

DFES is working closely with volunteers, local governments and other agencies to ensure communities are prepared.

DFES has deployed a taskforce of 40 people to the Pilbara region. These include Incident Management Team personnel, Aboriginal Advancement Unit liaison officers, Urban Search and Rescue personnel and State Emergency Service (SES) volunteers.

All Pilbara coastal SES and Volunteer Fire and Emergency Services units are currently undertaking preparatory and planning activities to assist the community. 

DFES has made contact with regional and remote communities to assess their preparedness levels. 

WA Police, St John Ambulance and all relevant government agencies are involved in consultation and planning. 

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 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:
Visit www.emergency.wa.gov.au, call 13 DFES (13 3337), follow DFES on Twitter: https://twitter.com/dfes_wa, Facebook: https://facebook.com/dfeswa/, listen to ABC Local Radio or listen to news bulletins.
Updates will be provided when the situation changes

END

After Storm: Cancellation for Goldfields-Midlands, Midwest-Gascoyne

Category: Storm Alert Summary: Cancellation of severe thunderstorms warning for parts of the Goldfields-Midlands, Midwest-Gascoyne Content:

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


Time of issue: 06:47 AM
Date of issue: 23 March 2019

Cancellation of severe thunderstorms warning for parts of the Goldfields-Midlands, Midwest-Gascoyne

As at 23/03/2019 00:02:00 the Bureau of Meteorology advises the severe thunderstorms warning Gascoyne, Goldfields, Eucla, South East Coastal and Central Wheat Belt districts has been cancelled.

Severe thunderstorms are no longer occurring in WA

To date, DFES has received minimal calls for assistance.


WEATHER DETAILS:

At 23/03/2019 00:02:00 the Bureau of Meteorology advised Severe thunderstorms are no longer occurring in WA


ROAD CLOSURES AND CONDITIONS:

Some roads may be closed

Take extra care on the roads and do not drive into water of unknown depth and current.

Road information may also be available by calling Main Roads WA on 138 138 or visiting www.mainroads.wa.gov.au or your local Shire.


WHAT EMERGENCY SERVICES ARE DOING:

  • DFES is monitoring the situation.


IF YOU NEED ASSISTANCE:

  • If your home has been badly damaged by a storm, call the SES on 132 500
  • In a life threatening situation call 000

After a storm SES volunteers make temporary repairs to homes that have been badly damaged, such as roofs that have been ripped off or large fallen trees on homes or cars. Please contact your insurance company to organise permanent repairs.

KEEP UP TO DATE:

Visit www.emergency.wa.gov.au, call 13 DFES (13 3337), follow DFES on Twitter: https://twitter.com/dfes_wa, Facebook: https://facebook.com/dfeswa/, listen to ABC Local Radio or listen to news bulletins.
No further updates will be issued.


END

Cyclone Blue Alert for people in Pannawonica, Marble Bar and Nullagine

Category: Cyclone Alert Summary: Cyclone YELLOW ALERT for Wallal to Mardie in the Pilbara Content:

Please note changes to Alert Areas, What to do, Weather Details, Road Closures and Safer Place

The following alert has been issued by the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES).
Time of issue: 01:12 AM
Date of issue: 23 March 2019


Cyclone YELLOW ALERT for Wallal to Mardie in the Pilbara

COMMUNITY ALERT LEVEL:
A YELLOW ALERT is current for people between Wallal and Mardie, including Port Hedland, South Hedland, Point Samson, Wickham, Roebourne, Karratha and Dampier need to take action and get ready to shelter from a cyclone..
There is a possible threat to lives and homes as a cyclone is approaching the area.
You need to take action and get ready to shelter from a cyclone.


WHAT TO DO:
DFES advises:

  • 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 may now be closing.
  • Travellers and residents who are not prepared to the highest level are encouraged to leave the cyclone watch area for a safer place. 
     

STORM SURGE

  • To view the Storm Surge Impact map right click here and open in a new tab. 
  • If you live in this area, you need to start preparing now to relocate to a safer place.
  • This could be with family or friends or if you have no other alternative, at a local evacuation centre. Be aware that only essential items can be taken into these centres. Alcohol and pets, except guide and assistance dogs, are prohibited.
  • Tropical Cyclone Veronica will result in a significant storm surge along parts of the Pilbara coast.  
  • There is a high risk that this will result in properties becoming inundated in the greater Port Hedland area. 
  • Tides are at the highest point this weekend which increases the risk of large storm tides. The surge may be up to 4 metres on top of the existing tide level. 
  • There are many hazards associated with this type of inundation. Flood waters can contain contaminates that can be harmful to your health. It is likely that if flooded, power will be cut and if not live electricity could pose a risk to residents.
  • Utilities like power and gas may be unavailable for an extended period of time following the event and residents should consider this when making their decision to stay or relocate.
 PETS AND LIVESTOCK
  • Have your pet emergency kit ready with sufficient food, water, essential medications, restraints, cages and bedding adequate for several days.
  • If you are in the path of the cyclone, if possible start to move animals under solid shelter.
  • If your property is in danger of flooding, move all stock to the highest area of the property away from water sources and plains likely to flood.
  • Consider opening internal property gates to allow animals to move to dry ground. Fences along roadsides should not be cut and external property gates should not be opened.


Cyclone BLUE ALERT for people in Pannawonica, Marble Bar and Nullagine in the Pilbara

COMMUNITY ALERT LEVEL:
A BLUE ALERT is current for people to the inland Pilbara to include Pannawonica, Marble Bar and Nullagine in the Pilbara.
Although there is no immediate danger you need to start preparing for dangerous weather and keep up to date

WHAT TO DO:
DFES advises:

  • 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.
  • Travellers and residents who are not prepared to the highest level are encouraged to leave the cyclone warning area for a safer place. 

     


CYCLONE DETAILS:
As at 22 March 2019 11:52 PM:

Severe Tropical Cyclone Veronica, a Category 4 system, is moving towards the Pilbara coast. A severe coastal impact is expected during Saturday and Sunday with the very destructive winds near the centre of the cyclone likely to affect the coast from late Saturday.

Gales with gusts to 100 kilometres per hour may develop between Wallal and Mardie from Saturday morning. Destructive winds with gusts exceeding 125 kilometres per hour are forecast to develop along the coast between Pardoo and Mardie Saturday afternoon or evening. Very destructive winds with gusts in excess of 165 kilometres per hour are expected near the cyclone centre as it approaches the coast Saturday night.

On Sunday gales may extend to adjacent inland areas including Pannawonica, Marble Bar and Nullagine.

Veronica may be travelling more slowly than usual as it crosses the coast, and as a result communities in the path of the cyclone should prepare to shelter from the destructive winds for an extended period of 12 hours or more. 

Widespread very heavy rainfall conducive to major flooding is likely over the Pilbara coast and adjacent inland areas over the weekend. Heavy rainfall is expected to result in significant river rises, areas of flooding and hazardous road conditions. Some roads may become impassable and some communities may become isolated. An initial Flood Warning has been issued for the Pilbara Coastal Rivers.

People along the Pilbara coast are warned of the potential for a very dangerous storm tide as the cyclone approaches the coast late Saturday. Tides are likely to rise significantly above the normal high tide mark with damaging waves and very dangerous coastal inundation.

ROAD CLOSURES AND CONDITIONS:

Roads open to four wheel drives and trucks ONLY due to flooding include:

  • Ripon Hills Road in both directions. 

Four wheel drive vehicles and trucks may proceed with caution.

The following roads will be closed to all traffic at 12pm tomorrow (23/3/19). Roads could be closed for an extended period of time. Reopening will be subject to cyclone damage and flooding assessments:

  • North West Coastal Highway in both directions between Port Hedland and Fortescue Roadhouse.
  • Great Northern Highway in both directions between Auski Roadhouse and Sandfire Roadhouse. 
  • Karratha Tom Price Road in both directions.

The following roads will be closed during Red Alert:

  • Point Samson Roebourne Road in both directions.
  • Dampier Road in both directions.
  • Madigan Road.   

Some roads may become impassable and some communities may become isolated. Travellers need to be aware that road conditions may be adversely affected and travel plans may need to be reconsidered.

Please visit www.mainroads.wa.gov.au to keep up to date.

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

SAFER PLACE:

  • The Department for Communities has set up two temporary evacuation centres.
    • South Hedland
      • JD Hardie Centre, located at 5991 Cottier Dr, South Hedland WA 6722.
    • ​Karratha
      • ​Karratha Leisureplex, located on Dampier Hwy, opposite Broadhurst Road, Karratha, WA 6714
  • Be aware that only essential items can be taken into these centres. Alcohol and pets, except guide and assistance dogs, are prohibited.

FORECAST AFFECTED AREAS:

CYCLONE WARNING is current for people from Wallal to Mardie including Port Hedland and Karratha

CYCLONE WATCH is current for people extending to the inland Pilbara to include Pannawonica, Marble Bar and Nullagine


WHAT EMERGENCY SERVICES ARE DOING:

DFES is working closely with volunteers, local governments and other agencies to ensure communities are prepared.

DFES has deployed a taskforce of 20 people to the Pilbara region.. These include Incident Management Team personnel, Aboriginal Advancement Unit liaison officers, Urban Search and Rescue personnel and State Emergency Service (SES) volunteers.

All Pilbara coastal SES and Volunteer Fire and Emergency Services units are currently undertaking preparatory and planning activities to assist the community. 

DFES has made contact with regional and remote communities to assess their preparedness levels. 

WA Police, St John Ambulance and all relevant government agencies are involved in consultation and planning. 

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 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:
Visit www.emergency.wa.gov.au, call 13 DFES (13 3337), follow DFES on Twitter: https://twitter.com/dfes_wa, Facebook: https://facebook.com/dfeswa/, listen to ABC Local Radio or listen to news bulletins.
Updates will be provided when the situation changes

END

Flood - Take Action Now for Pilbara

Category: Flood Alert Summary: Take action now for Major flooding in parts of the Pilbara districts. Content:

Please note changes under Road Closures


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


Time of issue: 11:53 PM
Date of issue: 22 March 2019

Take action now for Major flooding in parts of the Pilbara districts.

People in Pilbara Coastal Rivers need to take action now as Major flooding is expected late Saturday into Sunday.
Water will be fast flowing and levels will rise quickly.

WHAT TO DO:  
DFES advises you to:

  • Watch for changes in water levels so you are ready if you need to evacuate.
  • Pack a relocation kit together with your emergency kit.
  • Relocate equipment and livestock so they do not get caught in floodwaters.
  • Prepare pet food or stockfeed in case you cannot return home for a few days.
  • Never walk, swim or play in floodwaters as they are dangerous.
  • Do not go near storm drains and pipes, ditches and ravines, as they are dangerous.
  • Stay out of rivers, this includes no swimming or kayaking.
  • If you are a traveller do not park or camp adjacent to rivers.
IF DRIVING:
  • Floodways and river levels may rise rapidly so be careful at crossings.
  • Obey road closure signs and do not drive into water of unknown depth and current.
  • Take care on gravel and unsealed roads as they may be slippery and muddy, and you could get bogged.
  • If your car stalls in rising water, abandon it immediately and seek shelter above floodwater.

ROAD CLOSURES:

Roads open to four wheel drives and trucks ONLY due to flooding include:
•    Ripon Hills Road in both directions. 

Four wheel drive vehicles and trucks may proceed with caution.

The following roads will be closed to all traffic at 12pm tomorrow (23/3/19). Roads could be closed for an extended period of time. Reopening will be subject to cyclone damage and flooding assessments:

  • North West Coastal Highway in both directions between Port Hedland and Fortescue Roadhouse.
  • Great Northern Highway in both directions between Auski Roadhouse and Sandfire Roadhouse. 
  • Karratha Tom Price Road in both directions.

The following roads will be closed during Red Alert:

  • Point Samson Roebourne Road in both directions.
  • Dampier Road in both directions.
  • Madigan Road. 


Some roads may become impassable and some communities may become isolated. Travellers need to be aware that road conditions may be adversely affected and travel plans may need to be reconsidered.

Road information may also be available by calling Main Roads WA on 138 138 or visiting www.mainroads.wa.gov.au or by contacting your local Shire.

FLOOD DETAILS:  
As at 22/03/2019 14:36:00 the Bureau of Meteorology advises flooding is expected to develop in the Pilbara Coastal Rivers catchments. Heavy rainfall associated with Severe Tropical Cyclone Veronica is expected to cause significant stream level rises and widespread flooding commencing late Saturday into Sunday.For the Pilbara Coastal Rivers rainfall totals for Saturday through to Monday will range from 100 millimetres furthest from the cyclones path to 500 millimetres with isolated higher totals possible closest to the cyclone track.Heavy rainfall is expected to result in significant river rises areas of flooding and adversely affected road conditions. Some roads may become impassable and some communities may become isolated.

Current river levels are available from Department of Water and Environmental Regulation at www.water.wa.gov.au
For the latest flood information visit www.bom.gov.au/wa/flood or call 1300 659 213.

WHAT EMERGENCY SERVICES ARE DOING:

  • DFES is working closely with DFES is working closely with volunteers, local governments and other agencies to ensure communities are prepared. DFES deployed a taskforce of 15 people to the Pilbara region yesterday morning. These include Incident Management Team personnel, Aboriginal Advancement Unit liaison officers, Urban Search and Rescue personnel and State Emergency Service (SES) volunteers. A further 15 SES volunteers from the metro area will be deployed to the Pilbara today. All Pilbara coastal SES and Volunteer Fire and Emergency Services units are currently undertaking preparatory and planning activities to assist the community. DFES has made contact with regional and remote communities to assess their preparedness levels. WA Police, St John Ambulance and all relevant government agencies are involved in consultation and planning.


IMPORTANT NUMBERS:

  • For SES assistance call 132 500  
  • In a life threatening situation call 000  
  • For the latest flood information call 1300 659 213 or visit www.bom.gov.au/wa/flood        


KEEP UP TO DATE:
Visit www.emergency.wa.gov.au, call 13 DFES (13 3337), follow DFES on Twitter: https://twitter.com/dfes_wa, Facebook: https://facebook.com/dfeswa/, listen to ABC Local Radio or listen to news bulletins.
Updates will be provided when the situation changes.  

END

Flood - Prepare for Pilbara, Kimberley

Category: Flood Alert Summary: Prepare for flooding in parts of the Pilbara, Kimberley districts. Content:


Please note changes to Road Closures. Pilbara Coastal Rivers is at flood warning level and a separate alert has been issued.


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


Time of issue: 11:49 PM
Date of issue: 22 March 2019

Prepare for flooding in parts of the Pilbara, Kimberley districts.


People in areas within the Pilbara District Rivers should prepare for possible Major flooding expected late Saturday into Sunday. Catchments likely to be affected include the De Grey River, Fortescue River, Onslow Coast, Ashburton River and Lyndon-Minilya Rivers.

There is no immediate danger but you need to keep up to date in case the situation changes.

WHAT TO DO:  
DFES advises you to:

  • Prepare to relocate equipment and livestock early so they are not caught in floodwaters.
  • Prepare an emergency kit including enough canned food and water to last for four days, as well as clothing, important documents and medication.
  • Fill your vehicle's fuel tank.
  • Watch for changes in water levels so you are ready if you need to evacuate
  • Never walk, swim or play in floodwaters, as they are dangerous.
  • Stay out of rivers, this includes no swimming or kayaking.
  • Do not park or camp adjacent to rivers.
IF DRIVING:
  • Be careful at crossings and floodways as river levels may rise rapidly.
  • Obey road closure signs and do not drive into water of unknown depth and current.
  • Take care on gravel and unsealed roads as they may be slippery and muddy, and you could get bogged.
  • Carry extra food and water when travelling in case of long delays at crossings.

ROAD CLOSURES:

Roads open to four wheel drives and trucks ONLY due to flooding include:

  • Ripon Hills Road in both directions. 

Four wheel drive vehicles and trucks may proceed with caution.

The following roads will be closed to all traffic at 12pm tomorrow (23/3/19). Roads could be closed for an extended period of time. Reopening will be subject to cyclone damage and flooding assessments:

  • North West Coastal Highway in both directions between Port Hedland and Fortescue Roadhouse.
  • Great Northern Highway in both directions between Auski Roadhouse and Sandfire Roadhouse. 
  • Karratha Tom Price Road in both directions.

The following roads will be closed during Red Alert:

  • Point Samson Roebourne Road in both directions.
  • Dampier Road in both directions.
  • Madigan Road. 


Some roads may become impassable and some communities may become isolated. Travellers need to be aware that road conditions may be adversely affected and travel plans may need to be reconsidered.

Road information may also be available by calling Main Roads WA on 138 138 or visiting www.mainroads.wa.gov.au or by contacting your local Shire.

FLOOD DETAILS:  
As at 21/03/2019 14:33:00 the Bureau of Meteorology advises Widespread heavy rain associated with Severe Tropical Cyclone Veronica is expected to trigger significant widespread flooding commencing late Saturday into Sunday. Heavy rainfall is expected in areas bounded by Wallal Downs to Telfer to Newman to Paraburdoo through to Onslow. Rainfall totals within these areas for Saturday through to Tuesday will range from 100 millimetres furthest from the cyclones path to 500 plus millimetres for the 4 day period closest to the cyclone track. Forecast rainfall in the affected catchments is expected to result in river rises, extensive areas of flooding and may adversely affect road conditions. Some roads may become impassable and some communities may become isolated. Please note Pilbara Coastal Rivers is at flood warning level and a separate alert has been issued.

Current river levels are available from Department of Water and Environmental Regulation at www.water.wa.gov.au
For the latest flood information visit www.bom.gov.au/wa/flood or call 1300 659 213.

WHAT EMERGENCY SERVICES ARE DOING:

  • DFES is working closely with DFES is working closely with volunteers, local governments and other agencies to ensure communities are prepared.DFES deployed a taskforce of people to the Pilbara region yesterday morning. These include Incident Management Team personnel, Aboriginal Advancement Unit liaison officers, Urban Search and Rescue personnel and State Emergency Service (SES) volunteers.A further 15 SES volunteers from the metro area were deployed to the Pilbara today. All Pilbara coastal SES and Volunteer Fire and Emergency Services units are currently undertaking preparatory and planning activities to assist the community. DFES has made contact with regional and remote communities to assess their preparedness levels. WA Police, St John Ambulance and all relevant government agencies are involved in consultation and planning. .


IMPORTANT NUMBERS:

  • For SES assistance call 132 500  
  • In a life threatening situation call 000  
  • For the latest flood information call 1300 659 213 or visit www.bom.gov.au/wa/flood        


KEEP UP TO DATE:
Visit www.emergency.wa.gov.au, call 13 DFES (13 3337), follow DFES on Twitter: https://twitter.com/dfes_wa, Facebook: https://facebook.com/dfeswa/, listen to ABC Local Radio or listen to news bulletins.
Updates will be provided when the situation changes.  

END

Cyclone Blue Alert for people between Wallal and Pardoo and Mardie to Onslow

Category: Cyclone Alert Summary: Cyclone YELLOW ALERT for Pardoo to Mardie in the Pilbara Content:

Please note changes to Weather Details and Evacuation Centres

The following alert has been issued by the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES).
Time of issue: 09:47 PM
Date of issue: 22 March 2019


Cyclone YELLOW ALERT for Pardoo to Mardie in the Pilbara

COMMUNITY ALERT LEVEL:
A YELLOW ALERT is current for people between Pardoo and Mardie, including Port Hedland, South Hedland, Point Samson, Wickham, Roebourne, Karratha, Barrow Island and Dampier need to take action and get ready to shelter from a cyclone..
There is a possible threat to lives and homes as a cyclone is approaching the area.
You need to take action and get ready to shelter from a cyclone.


WHAT TO DO:
DFES advises:

  • 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 may now be closing.

STORM SURGE

  • To view the Storm Surge Impact map right click here and open in a new tab. 
  • Tropical Cyclone Veronica will result in a significant storm surge along parts of the Pilbara coast.  
  • There is a high risk that this will result in properties becoming inundated in the greater Port Hedland area. 
  • Tides are at the highest point this weekend which increases the risk of large storm tides. The surge may be up to 4 metres on top of the existing tide level. 
  • If you live in this area, you need to start preparing now to relocate to a safer place.
  • This could be with family or friends or if you have no other alternative, at a local evacuation centre. Be aware that only essential items can be taken into these centres. Alcohol and pets, except guide and assistance dogs, are prohibited.
  • There are many hazards associated with this type of inundation. Flood waters can contain contaminates that can be harmful to your health. It is likely that if flooded, power will be cut and if not live electricity could pose a risk to residents.
  • Utilities like power and gas may be unavailable for an extended period of time following the event and residents should consider this when making their decision to stay or relocate.
 PETS AND LIVESTOCK
  • Have your pet emergency kit ready with sufficient food, water, essential medications, restraints, cages and bedding adequate for several days.
  • If you are in the path of the cyclone, if possible start to move animals under solid shelter.
  • If your property is in danger of flooding, move all stock to the highest area of the property away from water sources and plains likely to flood.
  • Consider opening internal property gates to allow animals to move to dry ground. Fences along roadsides should not be cut and external property gates should not be opened.


Cyclone BLUE ALERT for people between Wallal and Pardoo and Mardie to Onslow in the Pilbara

COMMUNITY ALERT LEVEL:
A BLUE ALERT is current for people from Wallal to Pardoo and Mardie to Onslow, inlcuding Marble Bar but excluding Pardoo, Mardie, Pannawonica and Onslow in the Pilbara.
Although there is no immediate danger you need to start preparing for dangerous weather and keep up to date

WHAT TO DO:
DFES advises:

  • 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.
  • Travellers and residents who are not prepared to the highest level are encouraged to leave the cyclone warning area for a safer place. 

     


CYCLONE DETAILS:
As at 22 March 2019 08:56 PM:

Severe Tropical Cyclone Veronica, a Category 4 system, is moving slowly southwards towards the Pilbara coast. During Saturday it is expected to take a more southeast track and reach the coast late Saturday or Sunday. A severe coastal impact is likely.

Gales with gusts to 100 kilometres per hour may develop between Wallal and Mardie from Saturday morning. Destructive winds with gusts exceeding 125 kilometres per hour are forecast to develop along the coast between Pardoo and Mardie Saturday afternoon or evening. Very destructive winds with gusts in excess of 165 kilometres per hour are expected near the cyclone centre as it approaches the coast Saturday night.

On Sunday gales may extend to adjacent inland areas including Pannawonica, Marble Bar and Nullagine.

Veronica is likely to be travelling more slowly than usual as it crosses the coast, and as a result communities in the path of the cyclone should prepare to shelter from the destructive winds for an extended period of 12 hours or more. 

Widespread very heavy rainfall conducive to major flooding is likely over the Pilbara coast and adjacent inland areas over the weekend. Heavy rainfall is expected to result in significant river rises, areas of flooding and hazardous road conditions. Some roads may become impassable and some communities may become isolated. An initial Flood Warning has been issued for the Pilbara Coastal Rivers.

People along the Pilbara coast are warned of the potential for a very dangerous storm tide as the cyclone approaches the coast over the weekend. Tides are likely to rise significantly above the normal high tide mark with damaging waves and very dangerous coastal inundation.

ROAD CLOSURES AND CONDITIONS:

The following roads will be closed to all traffic at 12pm tomorrow (23/3/19). Roads could be closed for an extended period of time. Reopening will be subject to cyclone damage and flooding assessments:

  • North West Coastal Highway in both directions between Port Hedland and Fortescue Roadhouse.
  • Great Northern Highway in both directions between Auski Roadhouse and Sandfire Roadhouse. 
  • Karratha Tom Price Road in both directions.

The following roads will be closed during Red Alert:

  • Point Samson Roebourne Road in both directions.
  • Dampier Road in both directions.
  • Madigan Road. 

Roads open to four wheel drives and trucks ONLY due to flooding include:

  • Ripon Hills Road in both directions. 

Please visit www.mainroads.wa.gov.au to keep up to date.

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

SAFER PLACE:

  • The Department for Communities has set up a temporary evacuation centre at the JD Hardie Centre, located at 5991 Cottier Dr, South Hedland WA 6722.
  • Be aware that only essential items can be taken into these centres. Alcohol and pets, except guide and assistance dogs, are prohibited.

FORECAST AFFECTED AREAS:

CYCLONE WARNING is current for people from Wallal Downs to Mardie including Port Hedland, Karratha and Barrow Island

CYCLONE WATCH is current for people from Mardie to Onslow and extending to the inland Pilbara to include Pannawonica, Marble Bar and Nullagine.


WHAT EMERGENCY SERVICES ARE DOING:

DFES is working closely with volunteers, local governments and other agencies to ensure communities are prepared.

DFES deployed a taskforce of 20 people to the Pilbara region yesterday morning. These include Incident Management Team personnel, Aboriginal Advancement Unit liaison officers, Urban Search and Rescue personnel and State Emergency Service (SES) volunteers.

All Pilbara coastal SES and Volunteer Fire and Emergency Services units are currently undertaking preparatory and planning activities to assist the community. 

DFES has made contact with regional and remote communities to assess their preparedness levels. 

WA Police, St John Ambulance and all relevant government agencies are involved in consultation and planning. 

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 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:
Visit www.emergency.wa.gov.au, call 13 DFES (13 3337), follow DFES on Twitter: https://twitter.com/dfes_wa, Facebook: https://facebook.com/dfeswa/, listen to ABC Local Radio or listen to news bulletins.
Updates will be provided when the situation changes

END

Storm - Take Action Now for Goldfields-Midlands, Midwest-Gascoyne

Category: Storm Alert Summary: Take action with severe thunderstorms coming in parts of the Goldfields-Midlands, Midwest-Gascoyne Content:

Please note changes to the Weather Details and Warning Area

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


Time of issue: 08:54 PM
Date of issue: 22 March 2019


Take action with severe thunderstorms coming in parts of the Goldfields-Midlands, Midwest-Gascoyne

If you live in Gascoyne, Goldfields, Eucla, South East Coastal and Central Wheat Belt districts. you should take action and stay safe with severe thunderstorms to come.

Locations which may be affected include Kalgoorlie, Norseman, Balladonia, Menzies, Paynes Find and Southern Cross.

This weather is not unusual for this time of year, but could damage homes and make travel dangerous.

WHAT TO DO:

DFES advises you to:

  • If outside find safe shelter away from trees, powerlines, storm water drains and streams.
  • Close your curtains and blinds, and stay inside away from windows.
  • Unplug electrical appliances and avoid using landline telephones if there is lightning.
  • If there is flooding, create your own sandbags by using pillow cases filled with sand and place them around doorways to protect your home.
  • If boating, swimming or surfing leave the water.
IF DRIVING:
  • Do not drive into water of unknown depth and current.
  • Slow down, turn your lights on and keep a safe distance from other drivers.
  • Be alert and watch for hazards on the road such as fallen powerlines and loose debris.
  • If it is raining heavily and you cannot see, pull over and park with your hazard lights on until the rain clears.

  • Take care in areas that have been flooded and be careful driving on gravel roads as surfaces will be slippery and muddy, and vehicles could become bogged.

People are being urged to do what they can to help themselves, if it is safe to do so, before calling the SES for assistance


WEATHER DETAILS:

At 22/03/2019 20:08:00 the Bureau of Meteorology advised at 8pm, satellite and radar imagery showed widespread thunderstorms occurring throughout the warning area. Severe thunderstorms are likely to produce damaging winds, heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding and large hailstones in the warning area over the next several hours.Southern Cross recorded a wind gust of 87km/h at 7:45pm. Severe weather is expected to ease around 10:00pm.


ROAD CLOSURES AND CONDITIONS:

Some roads may be closed

Take extra care on the roads and do not drive into water of unknown depth and current.

Road information may also be available by calling Main Roads WA on 138 138 or visiting www.mainroads.wa.gov.au or your local Shire.


WHAT EMERGENCY SERVICES ARE DOING:

  • DFES is monitoring the situation.


IF YOU NEED ASSISTANCE:

  • If your home has been badly damaged by a storm, call the SES on 132 500
  • In a life threatening situation call 000

After a storm SES volunteers make temporary repairs to homes that have been badly damaged, such as roofs that have been ripped off or large fallen trees on homes or cars. Please contact your insurance company to organise permanent repairs.

KEEP UP TO DATE:

Visit www.emergency.wa.gov.au, call 13 DFES (13 3337), follow DFES on Twitter: https://twitter.com/dfes_wa, Facebook: https://facebook.com/dfeswa/, listen to ABC Local Radio or listen to news bulletins.
Updates will be provided when the situation changes.


END

Cyclone Blue Alert for people between Wallal and Pardoo and Mardie to Onslow

Category: Cyclone Alert Summary: Cyclone YELLOW ALERT for Pardoo to Mardie in the Pilbara Content:

Please note Storm Surge Impact Map.

The following alert has been issued by the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES).
Time of issue: 07:59 PM
Date of issue: 22 March 2019


Cyclone YELLOW ALERT for Pardoo to Mardie in the Pilbara

COMMUNITY ALERT LEVEL:
A YELLOW ALERT is current for people between Pardoo and Mardie, including Port Hedland, South Hedland, Point Samson, Wickham, Roebourne, Karratha, Barrow Island and Dampier.
There is a possible threat to lives and homes as a cyclone is approaching the area.
You need to take action and get ready to shelter from a cyclone.


WHAT TO DO:
DFES advises:

  • 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 may now be closing.

 

STORM SURGE

  • To view the Storm Surge Impact map click here. Right click and open in a new tab. 
  • Tropical Cyclone Veronica will result in a significant storm surge along parts of the Pilbara coast.  
  • There is a high risk that this will result in properties becoming inundated in the greater Port Hedland area. 
  • Tides are at the highest point this weekend which increases the risk of large storm tides. The surge may be up to 4 metres on top of the existing tide level. 
  • If you live in this area, you need to start preparing now to relocate to a safer place.
  • This could be with family or friends or if you have no other alternative, at a local evacuation centre. Be aware that only essential items can be taken into these centres. Alcohol and pets, except guide and assistance dogs, are prohibited.
  • There are many hazards associated with this type of inundation. Flood waters can contain contaminates that can be harmful to your health. It is likely that if flooded, power will be cut and if not live electricity could pose a risk to residents.
  • Utilities like power and gas may be unavailable for an extended period of time following the event and residents should consider this when making their decision to stay or relocate.
 PETS AND LIVESTOCK
  • Have your pet emergency kit ready with sufficient food, water, essential medications, restraints, cages and bedding adequate for several days.
  • If you are in the path of the cyclone, if possible start to move animals under solid shelter.
  • If your property is in danger of flooding, move all stock to the highest area of the property away from water sources and plains likely to flood.
  • Consider opening internal property gates to allow animals to move to dry ground. Fences along roadsides should not be cut and external property gates should not be opened.


Cyclone BLUE ALERT for people between Wallal and Pardoo and Mardie to Onslow in the Pilbara

COMMUNITY ALERT LEVEL:
A BLUE ALERT is current for people from Wallal to Pardoo and Mardie to Onslow, inlcuding Marble Bar but excluding Pardoo, Mardie, Pannawonica and Onslow in the Pilbara.
Although there is no immediate danger you need to start preparing for dangerous weather and keep up to date

WHAT TO DO:
DFES advises:

  • 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.
  • Travellers and residents who are not prepared to the highest level are encouraged to leave the cyclone warning area for a safer place. 

     


CYCLONE DETAILS:
As at 22 March 2019 05:47 PM:

Severe Tropical Cyclone Veronica, a Category 4 system, is moving slowly towards the Pilbara coast. The cyclone should track to the south overnight. During Saturday it is expected to take a more southeast track and reach the coast late Saturday or Sunday. Whilst the cyclone may weaken a little before before reaching the coast, a severe coastal impact is likely.

Gales with gusts to 100 kilometres per hour may develop between Wallal Downs and Mardie from Saturday morning. Destructive winds with gusts exceeding 125 kilometres per hour are forecast to develop along the coast between Dampier and Pardoo Saturday afternoon or evening. Very destructive winds with gusts in excess of 165 kilometres per hour are expected near the cyclone centre as it approaches the coast Saturday night and Sunday.

Gales could extend further west towards Onslow if the cyclone takes a track further to the west than expected on Saturday. Gales may extend to inland areas including Pannawonica, Marble Bar and Nullagine on Sunday.

Widespread very heavy rainfall conducive to major flooding is likely over Pilbara coast and adjacent inland areas over the weekend. Heavy rainfall may extend further to the inland Pilbara during Sunday.

People along the Pilbara coast are warned of the potential for a very dangerous storm tide as the cyclone approaches the coast over the weekend. Tides are likely to rise significantly above the normal high tide mark with damaging waves and very dangerous coastal inundation.

People in communities between Mardie and Onslow and the inland Pilbara should listen for the next advice.

ROAD CLOSURES AND CONDITIONS:

The following roads will be closed to all traffic at 12pm tomorrow (23/3/19). Roads could be closed for an extended period of time. Reopening will be subject to cyclone damage and flooding assessments:

  • North West Coastal Highway in both directions between Port Hedland and Fortescue Roadhouse.
  • Great Northern Highway in both directions between Auski Roadhouse and Sandfire Roadhouse. 
  • Karratha Tom Price Road in both directions.

 

The following roads will be closed during Red Alert:

  • Point Samson Roebourne Road in both directions.
  • Dampier Road in both directions.
  • Madigan Road. 

 

Roads open to four wheel drives and trucks ONLY due to flooding include:

  • Ripon Hills Road in both directions. 

Please visit www.mainroads.wa.gov.au to keep up to date.

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

FORECAST AFFECTED AREAS:

CYCLONE WARNING is current for people from Wallal Downs to Mardie including Port Hedland, Karratha and Barrow Island

CYCLONE WATCH is current for people from Mardie to Onslow and extending to the inland Pilbara to include Pannawonica, Marble Bar and Nullagine.


WHAT EMERGENCY SERVICES ARE DOING:

DFES is working closely with volunteers, local governments and other agencies to ensure communities are prepared.

DFES deployed a taskforce of 20 people to the Pilbara region yesterday morning. These include Incident Management Team personnel, Aboriginal Advancement Unit liaison officers, Urban Search and Rescue personnel and State Emergency Service (SES) volunteers.

All Pilbara coastal SES and Volunteer Fire and Emergency Services units are currently undertaking preparatory and planning activities to assist the community. 

DFES has made contact with regional and remote communities to assess their preparedness levels. 

WA Police, St John Ambulance and all relevant government agencies are involved in consultation and planning. 

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 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:
Visit www.emergency.wa.gov.au, call 13 DFES (13 3337), follow DFES on Twitter: https://twitter.com/dfes_wa, Facebook: https://facebook.com/dfeswa/, listen to ABC Local Radio or listen to news bulletins.
Updates will be provided when the situation changes

END

Cyclone Blue Alert for people between Wallal and Pardoo and Mardie to Onslow

Category: Cyclone Alert Summary: Cyclone YELLOW ALERT for Pardoo to Mardie in the Pilbara Content:

Please note changes throughout the alert.

The following alert has been issued by the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES).
Time of issue: 06:52 PM
Date of issue: 22 March 2019


Cyclone YELLOW ALERT for Pardoo to Mardie in the Pilbara

COMMUNITY ALERT LEVEL:
A YELLOW ALERT is current for people between Pardoo and Mardie, including Port Hedland, South Hedland, Point Samson, Wickham, Roebourne, Karratha, Barrow Island and Dampier.
There is a possible threat to lives and homes as a cyclone is approaching the area.
You need to take action and get ready to shelter from a cyclone.

WHAT TO DO:
DFES advises:

  • 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 may now be closing.

 

STORM SURGE

  • Tropical Cyclone Veronica will result in a significant storm surge along parts of the Pilbara coast.  
  • There is a high risk that this will result in properties becoming inundated in the greater Port Hedland area. 
  • Tides are at the highest point this weekend which increases the risk of large storm tides. The surge may be up to 4 metres on top of the existing tide level. 
  • If you live in this area, you need to start preparing now to relocate to a safer place.
  • This could be with family or friends or if you have no other alternative, at a local evacuation centre. Be aware that only essential items can be taken into these centres. Alcohol and pets, except guide and assistance dogs, are prohibited.
  • There are many hazards associated with this type of inundation. Flood waters can contain contaminates that can be harmful to your health. It is likely that if flooded, power will be cut and if not live electricity could pose a risk to residents.
  • Utilities like power and gas may be unavailable for an extended period of time following the event and residents should consider this when making their decision to stay or relocate.

 

PETS AND LIVESTOCK

  • Have your pet emergency kit ready with sufficient food, water, essential medications, restraints, cages and bedding adequate for several days.
  • If you are in the path of the cyclone, if possible start to move animals under solid shelter.
  • If your property is in danger of flooding, move all stock to the highest area of the property away from water sources and plains likely to flood.
  • Consider opening internal property gates to allow animals to move to dry ground. Fences along roadsides should not be cut and external property gates should not be opened.


Cyclone BLUE ALERT for people between Wallal and Pardoo and Mardie to Onslow in the Pilbara

COMMUNITY ALERT LEVEL:
A BLUE ALERT is current for people from Wallal to Pardoo and Mardie to Onslow, inlcuding Marble Bar but excluding Pardoo, Mardie, Pannawonica and Onslow in the Pilbara.
Although there is no immediate danger you need to start preparing for dangerous weather and keep up to date

WHAT TO DO:
DFES advises:

  • 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.
  • Travellers and residents who are not prepared to the highest level are encouraged to leave the cyclone warning area for a safer place. 

     


CYCLONE DETAILS:
As at 22 March 2019 05:47 PM:

Severe Tropical Cyclone Veronica, a Category 4 system, is moving slowly towards the Pilbara coast. The cyclone should track to the south overnight. During Saturday it is expected to take a more southeast track and reach the coast late Saturday or Sunday. Whilst the cyclone may weaken a little before before reaching the coast, a severe coastal impact is likely.

Gales with gusts to 100 kilometres per hour may develop between Wallal Downs and Mardie from Saturday morning. Destructive winds with gusts exceeding 125 kilometres per hour are forecast to develop along the coast between Dampier and Pardoo Saturday afternoon or evening. Very destructive winds with gusts in excess of 165 kilometres per hour are expected near the cyclone centre as it approaches the coast Saturday night and Sunday.

Gales could extend further west towards Onslow if the cyclone takes a track further to the west than expected on Saturday. Gales may extend to inland areas including Pannawonica, Marble Bar and Nullagine on Sunday.

Widespread very heavy rainfall conducive to major flooding is likely over Pilbara coast and adjacent inland areas over the weekend. Heavy rainfall may extend further to the inland Pilbara during Sunday.

People along the Pilbara coast are warned of the potential for a very dangerous storm tide as the cyclone approaches the coast over the weekend. Tides are likely to rise significantly above the normal high tide mark with damaging waves and very dangerous coastal inundation.

People in communities between Mardie and Onslow and the inland Pilbara should listen for the next advice.

ROAD CLOSURES AND CONDITIONS:

The following roads will be closed to all traffic at 12pm tomorrow (23/3/19). Roads could be closed for an extended period of time. Reopening will be subject to cyclone damage and flooding assessments:

  • North West Coastal Highway in both directions between Port Hedland and Fortescue Roadhouse.
  • Great Northern Highway in both directions between Auski Roadhouse and Sandfire Roadhouse. 
  • Karratha Tom Price Road in both directions.

 

The following roads will be closed during Red Alert:

  • Point Samson Roebourne Road in both directions.
  • Dampier Road in both directions.
  • Madigan Road. 

 

Roads open to four wheel drives and trucks ONLY due to flooding include:

  • Ripon Hills Road in both directions. 

Please visit www.mainroads.wa.gov.au to keep up to date.

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

FORECAST AFFECTED AREAS:

CYCLONE WARNING is current for people from Wallal Downs to Mardie including Port Hedland, Karratha and Barrow Island

CYCLONE WATCH is current for people from Mardie to Onslow and extending to the inland Pilbara to include Pannawonica, Marble Bar and Nullagine.


WHAT EMERGENCY SERVICES ARE DOING:

DFES is working closely with volunteers, local governments and other agencies to ensure communities are prepared.

DFES deployed a taskforce of 20 people to the Pilbara region yesterday morning. These include Incident Management Team personnel, Aboriginal Advancement Unit liaison officers, Urban Search and Rescue personnel and State Emergency Service (SES) volunteers.

All Pilbara coastal SES and Volunteer Fire and Emergency Services units are currently undertaking preparatory and planning activities to assist the community. 

DFES has made contact with regional and remote communities to assess their preparedness levels. 

WA Police, St John Ambulance and all relevant government agencies are involved in consultation and planning. 

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 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:
Visit www.emergency.wa.gov.au, call 13 DFES (13 3337), follow DFES on Twitter: https://twitter.com/dfes_wa, Facebook: https://facebook.com/dfeswa/, listen to ABC Local Radio or listen to news bulletins.
Updates will be provided when the situation changes

END

After Storm: Cancellation for Great Southern

Category: Storm Alert Summary: Take action with severe thunderstorms coming in parts of the Goldfields-Midlands, Midwest-Gascoyne Content:

Please note changes to the warning area

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


Time of issue: 05:58 PM
Date of issue: 22 March 2019


Take action with severe thunderstorms coming in parts of the Goldfields-Midlands, Midwest-Gascoyne

If you live in Gascoyne, Goldfields and Central Wheat Belt districts you should take action and stay safe with severe thunderstorms to come.

Locations which may be affected include Kalgoorlie, Norseman, Koolyanobbing, Paynes Find, and Yalgoo.

This weather is not unusual for this time of year, but could damage homes and make travel dangerous.

WHAT TO DO:

DFES advises you to:

  • If outside find safe shelter away from trees, powerlines, storm water drains and streams.
  • Close your curtains and blinds, and stay inside away from windows.
  • Unplug electrical appliances and avoid using landline telephones if there is lightning.
  • If there is flooding, create your own sandbags by using pillow cases filled with sand and place them around doorways to protect your home.
  • If boating, swimming or surfing leave the water.
IF DRIVING:
  • Do not drive into water of unknown depth and current.
  • Slow down, turn your lights on and keep a safe distance from other drivers.
  • Be alert and watch for hazards on the road such as fallen powerlines and loose debris.
  • If it is raining heavily and you cannot see, pull over and park with your hazard lights on until the rain clears.

  • Take care in areas that have been flooded and be careful driving on gravel roads as surfaces will be slippery and muddy, and vehicles could become bogged.

People are being urged to do what they can to help themselves, if it is safe to do so, before calling the SES for assistance

Cancellation of severe thunderstorms warning for parts of the Great Southern

As at 22/03/2019 17:22:00 the Bureau of Meteorology advises the severe thunderstorms warning South East Coastal District has been cancelled.

Severe thunderstorms are no longer occurring in the South East Coastal district

To date, DFES has received minimal calls for assistance.


WEATHER DETAILS:

At 22/03/2019 17:22:00 the Bureau of Meteorology advised at 5:15pm, satellite and radar imagery showed widespread thunderstorms occurring throughout the warning area. The immediate threat of severe thunderstorms at Kalgoorlie has now passed, but the situation will continue to be monitored this evening.Severe thunderstorms are likely to produce damaging winds and large hailstones, as well as possible heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding in the warning area this evening.Severe weather is expected to ease by 10:00pm. Locations which may be affected include Kalgoorlie, Norseman, Koolyanobbing, Menzies, Paynes Find and Yalgoo.Severe thunderstorms are no longer occurring in the South East Coastal district and the warning for this district is cancelled.


ROAD CLOSURES AND CONDITIONS:

Some roads may be closed

Take extra care on the roads and do not drive into water of unknown depth and current.

Road information may also be available by calling Main Roads WA on 138 138 or visiting www.mainroads.wa.gov.au or your local Shire.


WHAT EMERGENCY SERVICES ARE DOING:

  • DFES is monitoring the situation.


IF YOU NEED ASSISTANCE:

  • If your home has been badly damaged by a storm, call the SES on 132 500
  • In a life threatening situation call 000

After a storm SES volunteers make temporary repairs to homes that have been badly damaged, such as roofs that have been ripped off or large fallen trees on homes or cars. Please contact your insurance company to organise permanent repairs.

KEEP UP TO DATE:

Visit www.emergency.wa.gov.au, call 13 DFES (13 3337), follow DFES on Twitter: https://twitter.com/dfes_wa, Facebook: https://facebook.com/dfeswa/, listen to ABC Local Radio or listen to news bulletins.
Updates will be provided when the situation changes.


END

Cyclone Blue Alert for people between Mardie and Wallal

Category: Cyclone Alert Summary: Cyclone BLUE ALERT for people between Mardie and Wallal in the Pilbara Content:

Please note included storm surge, pet and livestock, and road closure information.

The following alert has been issued by the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES).
Time of issue: 05:19 PM
Date of issue: 22 March 2019


Cyclone BLUE ALERT for people between Mardie and Wallal in the Pilbara

COMMUNITY ALERT LEVEL:
A BLUE ALERT is current for people communities between Mardie and Wallal including Port Hedland, South Hedland, Wickham, Roebourne, Point Samson, Karratha, Dampier, Barrow Island, Pannawonica, and Marble Bar in the Pilbara. in the Pilbara.
Although there is no immediate danger you need to start preparing for dangerous weather and keep up to date

WHAT TO DO:
DFES advises:

  • 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.
  • Travellers and residents who are not prepared to the highest level are encouraged to leave the cyclone warning area for a safer place. 

    STORM SURGE
  • Check the Storm Surge Impact map click here.
  • Tropical Cyclone Veronica will result in a significant storm surge along parts of the Pilbara coast.  
  • There is a high risk that this will result in properties becoming inundated in the greater Port Hedland area. 
  • Tides are at the highest point this weekend which increases the risk of large storm tides. The surge may be up to 4 metres on top of the existing tide level. 
  • If you live in this area, you need to start preparing now to relocate to a safer place.
  • This could be with family or friends or if you have no other alternative, at a local evacuation centre. Be aware that only essential items can be taken into these centres. Alcohol and pets, except guide and assistance dogs, are prohibited.
  • There are many hazards associated with this type of inundation. Flood waters can contain contaminates that can be harmful to your health. It is likely that if flooded, power will be cut and if not live electricity could pose a risk to residents.
  • Utilities like power and gas may be unavailable for an extended period of time following the event and residents should consider this when making their decision to stay or relocate.

 

PETS AND LIVESTOCK

  • Have your pet emergency kit ready with sufficient food, water, essential medications, restraints, cages and bedding adequate for several days.
  • If you are in the path of the cyclone, if possible start to move animals under solid shelter.
  • If your property is in danger of flooding, move all stock to the highest area of the property away from water sources and plains likely to flood.
  • Consider opening internal property gates to allow animals to move to dry ground. Fences along roadsides should not be cut and external property gates should not be opened.


CYCLONE DETAILS:
As at 22 March 2019 02:50 PM:

Severe Tropical Cyclone Veronica, a Category 4 system, is moving slowly towards the Pilbara coast. The cyclone should track south to southwest today before taking a more south to southeast track on Saturday and impact the coast. While the cyclone may weaken before before reaching the coast, a severe coastal impact is likely.

Gales with gusts to 100 kilometres per hour may develop between Pardoo and Mardie from overnight on Friday. Gales could extend further east to Wallal Downs, further west to Onslow and extend to inland areas including Pannawonica and Marble Bar later on Saturday. Destructive winds with gusts exceeding 125 kilometres per hour are forecast to develop along the coast between Dampier and Pardoo later Saturday. Very destructive winds with gusts in excess of 165 kilometres per hour are possible near the cyclone centre as it approaches the coast Saturday night and Sunday.

Widespread very heavy rainfall conducive to major flooding is likely along parts of the Pilbara coast over the weekend. Heavy rainfall may extend through the inland Pilbara as the system moves inland.

People along the Pilbara coast are warned of the potential for a very dangerous storm tide as the cyclone approaches the coast over the weekend. Tides are likely to rise significantly above the normal high tide mark with damaging waves and very dangerous coastal inundation.

People in communities between Mardie and Onslow and the inland Pilbara including Marble Bar and Pannawonica should listen for the next advice.

ROAD CLOSURES AND CONDITIONS:

The following roads will be closed to all traffic at 12pm tomorrow (23/3/19). Reopening will be subject to cyclone damage and flooding assessments:

  • North West Coastal Highway in both directions between Sandfire Roadhouse and Fortescue Roadhouse.
  • Great Northern Highway in both directions, Auski Roadhouse to Port Hedland.
  • Point Samson Roebourne Road in both directions.
  • Dampier Road in both directions, Karratha. 
  • Madigan Road, Karratha. 
  • Karratha Tom Price Road in both directions.

Roads open to four wheel drives and trucks ONLY due to flooding include:

  • Ripon Hills Road in both directions 

Please visit www.mainroads.wa.gov.au to keep up to date.

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

FORECAST AFFECTED AREAS:

CYCLONE WARNING is current for people from Wallal Downs to Mardie including Port Hedland, Karratha and Barrow Island

CYCLONE WATCH is current for people from Mardie to Onslow and extending to the inland Pilbara to include Pannawonica, Marble Bar and Nullagine.


WHAT EMERGENCY SERVICES ARE DOING:

DFES is working closely with volunteers, local governments and other agencies to ensure communities are prepared.

DFES deployed a taskforce of 15 people to the Pilbara region yesterday morning. These include Incident Management Team personnel, Aboriginal Advancement Unit liaison officers, Urban Search and Rescue personnel and State Emergency Service (SES) volunteers.

A further 15 SES volunteers from the metro area will be deployed to the Pilbara today. 

All Pilbara coastal SES and Volunteer Fire and Emergency Services units are currently undertaking preparatory and planning activities to assist the community. 

DFES has made contact with regional and remote communities to assess their preparedness levels. 

WA Police, St John Ambulance and all relevant government agencies are involved in consultation and planning. 

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 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:
Visit www.emergency.wa.gov.au, call 13 DFES (13 3337), follow DFES on Twitter: https://twitter.com/dfes_wa, Facebook: https://facebook.com/dfeswa/, listen to ABC Local Radio or listen to news bulletins.
Updates will be provided when the situation changes

END

Storm - Take Action Now for Great Southern, Goldfields-Midlands, Midwest-Gascoyne

Category: Storm Alert Summary: Take action with severe thunderstorms coming in parts of the Great Southern, Goldfields-Midlands, Midwest-Gascoyne Content:

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


Time of issue: 04:51 PM
Date of issue: 22 March 2019


Take action with severe thunderstorms coming in parts of the Great Southern, Goldfields-Midlands, Midwest-Gascoyne

If you live in Gascoyne, Goldfields, South East Coastal and Central Wheat Belt districts you should take action and stay safe with severe thunderstorms to come.

Locations which may be affected include Kalgoorlie, Norseman, Koolyanobbing, Paynes Find, Southern Cross and Yalgoo.

This weather is not unusual for this time of year, but could damage homes and make travel dangerous.

WHAT TO DO:

DFES advises you to:

  • If outside find safe shelter away from trees, powerlines, storm water drains and streams.
  • Close your curtains and blinds, and stay inside away from windows.
  • Unplug electrical appliances and avoid using landline telephones if there is lightning.
  • If there is flooding, create your own sandbags by using pillow cases filled with sand and place them around doorways to protect your home.
  • If boating, swimming or surfing leave the water.
IF DRIVING:
  • Do not drive into water of unknown depth and current.
  • Slow down, turn your lights on and keep a safe distance from other drivers.
  • Be alert and watch for hazards on the road such as fallen powerlines and loose debris.
  • If it is raining heavily and you cannot see, pull over and park with your hazard lights on until the rain clears.

  • Take care in areas that have been flooded and be careful driving on gravel roads as surfaces will be slippery and muddy, and vehicles could become bogged.

People are being urged to do what they can to help themselves, if it is safe to do so, before calling the SES for assistance


WEATHER DETAILS:

At 22/03/2019 14:30:00 the Bureau of Meteorology advised at 4.20pm, satellite and radar imagery showed thunderstorms within western parts of the warning area with a line of possibly severe thunderstorms approaching Kalgoorlie from the southwest. Severe thunderstorms are likely to produce damaging winds and large hailstones, as well as possible heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding in the warning area this afternoon and evening. Severe weather is expected to ease by 10:00pm.


ROAD CLOSURES AND CONDITIONS:

Some roads may be closed

Take extra care on the roads and do not drive into water of unknown depth and current.

Road information may also be available by calling Main Roads WA on 138 138 or visiting www.mainroads.wa.gov.au or your local Shire.


WHAT EMERGENCY SERVICES ARE DOING:

  • DFES is monitoring the situation.


IF YOU NEED ASSISTANCE:

  • If your home has been badly damaged by a storm, call the SES on 132 500
  • In a life threatening situation call 000

After a storm SES volunteers make temporary repairs to homes that have been badly damaged, such as roofs that have been ripped off or large fallen trees on homes or cars. Please contact your insurance company to organise permanent repairs.

KEEP UP TO DATE:

Visit www.emergency.wa.gov.au, call 13 DFES (13 3337), follow DFES on Twitter: https://twitter.com/dfes_wa, Facebook: https://facebook.com/dfeswa/, listen to ABC Local Radio or listen to news bulletins.
Updates will be provided when the situation changes.


END

Flood - Prepare for Pilbara, Kimberley

Category: Flood Alert Summary: Prepare for flooding in parts of the Pilbara, Kimberley districts Content:


Please note Pilbara Coastal Rivers is at flood warning level and a separate alert has been issued.


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


Time of issue: 04:27 PM
Date of issue: 22 March 2019

Prepare for flooding in parts of the Pilbara, Kimberley districts.


People in areas within the Pilbara District Rivers should prepare for possible Major flooding expected late Saturday into Sunday. Catchments likely to be affected include the De Grey River, Fortescue River, Onslow Coast, Ashburton River and Lyndon-Minilya Rivers.

There is no immediate danger but you need to keep up to date in case the situation changes.

WHAT TO DO:  
DFES advises you to:

  • Prepare to relocate equipment and livestock early so they are not caught in floodwaters.
  • Prepare an emergency kit including enough canned food and water to last for four days, as well as clothing, important documents and medication.
  • Fill your vehicle's fuel tank.
  • Watch for changes in water levels so you are ready if you need to evacuate
  • Never walk, swim or play in floodwaters, as they are dangerous.
  • Stay out of rivers, this includes no swimming or kayaking.
  • Do not park or camp adjacent to rivers.
IF DRIVING:
  • Be careful at crossings and floodways as river levels may rise rapidly.
  • Obey road closure signs and do not drive into water of unknown depth and current.
  • Take care on gravel and unsealed roads as they may be slippery and muddy, and you could get bogged.
  • Carry extra food and water when travelling in case of long delays at crossings.

ROAD CLOSURES:

Roads open to four wheel drives and trucks ONLY include:

  • Ripon Hills Road in both directions.


Some roads may become impassable and some communities may become isolated. Travellers need to be aware that road conditions may be adversely affected and travel plans may need to be reconsidered.

Road information may also be available by calling Main Roads WA on 138 138 or visiting www.mainroads.wa.gov.au or by contacting your local Shire.

FLOOD DETAILS:  
As at 21/03/2019 14:33:00 the Bureau of Meteorology advises Widespread heavy rain associated with Severe Tropical Cyclone Veronica is expected to trigger significant widespread flooding commencing late Saturday into Sunday. Heavy rainfall is expected in areas bounded by Wallal Downs to Telfer to Newman to Paraburdoo through to Onslow. Rainfall totals within these areas for Saturday through to Tuesday will range from 100 millimetres furthest from the cyclones path to 500 plus millimetres for the 4 day period closest to the cyclone track. Forecast rainfall in the affected catchments is expected to result in river rises, extensive areas of flooding and may adversely affect road conditions. Some roads may become impassable and some communities may become isolated. Please note Pilbara Coastal Rivers is at flood warning level and a separate alert has been issued.

Current river levels are available from Department of Water and Environmental Regulation at www.water.wa.gov.au
For the latest flood information visit www.bom.gov.au/wa/flood or call 1300 659 213.

WHAT EMERGENCY SERVICES ARE DOING:

  • DFES is working closely with DFES is working closely with volunteers, local governments and other agencies to ensure communities are prepared.DFES deployed a taskforce of 15 people to the Pilbara region yesterday morning. These include Incident Management Team personnel, Aboriginal Advancement Unit liaison officers, Urban Search and Rescue personnel and State Emergency Service (SES) volunteers.A further 15 SES volunteers from the metro area will be deployed to the Pilbara today. All Pilbara coastal SES and Volunteer Fire and Emergency Services units are currently undertaking preparatory and planning activities to assist the community. DFES has made contact with regional and remote communities to assess their preparedness levels. WA Police, St John Ambulance and all relevant government agencies are involved in consultation and planning. .


IMPORTANT NUMBERS:

  • For SES assistance call 132 500  
  • In a life threatening situation call 000  
  • For the latest flood information call 1300 659 213 or visit www.bom.gov.au/wa/flood        


KEEP UP TO DATE:
Visit www.emergency.wa.gov.au, call 13 DFES (13 3337), follow DFES on Twitter: https://twitter.com/dfes_wa, Facebook: https://facebook.com/dfeswa/, listen to ABC Local Radio or listen to news bulletins.
Updates will be provided when the situation changes.  

END

Flood - Take Action Now for Pilbara

Category: Flood Alert Summary: Take action now for Major flooding in parts of the Pilbara districts Content:


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


Time of issue: 04:10 PM
Date of issue: 22 March 2019

Take action now for Major flooding in parts of the Pilbara districts.

People in Pilbara Coastal Rivers need to take action now as Major flooding is expected late Saturday into Sunday.
Water will be fast flowing and levels will rise quickly.

WHAT TO DO:  
DFES advises you to:

  • Watch for changes in water levels so you are ready if you need to evacuate.
  • Pack a relocation kit together with your emergency kit.
  • Relocate equipment and livestock so they do not get caught in floodwaters.
  • Prepare pet food or stockfeed in case you cannot return home for a few days.
  • Never walk, swim or play in floodwaters as they are dangerous.
  • Do not go near storm drains and pipes, ditches and ravines, as they are dangerous.
  • Stay out of rivers, this includes no swimming or kayaking.
  • If you are a traveller do not park or camp adjacent to rivers.
IF DRIVING:
  • Floodways and river levels may rise rapidly so be careful at crossings.
  • Obey road closure signs and do not drive into water of unknown depth and current.
  • Take care on gravel and unsealed roads as they may be slippery and muddy, and you could get bogged.
  • If your car stalls in rising water, abandon it immediately and seek shelter above floodwater.

ROAD CLOSURES:
Some roads may be closed due to rising flood waters.

Four wheel drive vehicles and trucks may proceed with caution.

Road information may also be available by calling Main Roads WA on 138 138 or visiting www.mainroads.wa.gov.au or by contacting your local Shire.

FLOOD DETAILS:  
As at 22/03/2019 14:36:00 the Bureau of Meteorology advises flooding is expected to develop in the Pilbara Coastal Rivers catchments. Heavy rainfall associated with Severe Tropical Cyclone Veronica is expected to cause significant stream level rises and widespread flooding commencing late Saturday into Sunday.For the Pilbara Coastal Rivers rainfall totals for Saturday through to Monday will range from 100 millimetres furthest from the cyclones path to 500 millimetres with isolated higher totals possible closest to the cyclone track.Heavy rainfall is expected to result in significant river rises areas of flooding and adversely affected road conditions. Some roads may become impassable and some communities may become isolated.

Current river levels are available from Department of Water and Environmental Regulation at www.water.wa.gov.au
For the latest flood information visit www.bom.gov.au/wa/flood or call 1300 659 213.

WHAT EMERGENCY SERVICES ARE DOING:

  • DFES is working closely with DFES is working closely with volunteers, local governments and other agencies to ensure communities are prepared. DFES deployed a taskforce of 15 people to the Pilbara region yesterday morning. These include Incident Management Team personnel, Aboriginal Advancement Unit liaison officers, Urban Search and Rescue personnel and State Emergency Service (SES) volunteers. A further 15 SES volunteers from the metro area will be deployed to the Pilbara today. All Pilbara coastal SES and Volunteer Fire and Emergency Services units are currently undertaking preparatory and planning activities to assist the community. DFES has made contact with regional and remote communities to assess their preparedness levels. WA Police, St John Ambulance and all relevant government agencies are involved in consultation and planning.


IMPORTANT NUMBERS:

  • For SES assistance call 132 500  
  • In a life threatening situation call 000  
  • For the latest flood information call 1300 659 213 or visit www.bom.gov.au/wa/flood        


KEEP UP TO DATE:
Visit www.emergency.wa.gov.au, call 13 DFES (13 3337), follow DFES on Twitter: https://twitter.com/dfes_wa, Facebook: https://facebook.com/dfeswa/, listen to ABC Local Radio or listen to news bulletins.
Updates will be provided when the situation changes.  

END

Cyclone Blue Alert for people between Mardie and Wallal

Category: Cyclone Alert Summary: Cyclone BLUE ALERT for people between Mardie and Wallal in the Pilbara Content:

Please note a community meeting is being held at 4pm at the Town of Port Hedland Council Chambers on McGregor Street. Please changes to Cyclone Weather Details

The following alert has been issued by the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES).
Time of issue: 03:32 PM
Date of issue: 22 March 2019


Cyclone BLUE ALERT for people between Mardie and Wallal in the Pilbara

COMMUNITY ALERT LEVEL:
A BLUE ALERT is current for people in or near communities between Mardie and Wallal including Port Hedland, South Hedland, Wickham, Roebourne, Point Samson, Karratha, Dampier, Barrow Island, Pannawonica, and Marble Bar in the Pilbara.
Although there is no immediate danger you need to start preparing for dangerous weather and keep up to date

WHAT TO DO:
DFES advises:

  • 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.
  • Travellers and residents who are not prepared to the highest level are encouraged to leave the cyclone warning area for a safer place. 

COMMUNITY MEETING

A Community Meeting will be held at 4.00pm TODAY (Friday 22nd March 2019) at the Town of Port Hedland Council Chambers – McGregor Street.


CYCLONE DETAILS:
As at 22 March 2019 12:01 PM:

The Bureau of Meteorology advises that Severe Tropical Cyclone Veronica, a Category 4 system, is moving slowly towards the Pilbara coast. The cyclone should track south to southwest today before taking a more south to southeast track on Saturday and impact the coast. While the cyclone may weaken before before reaching the coast, a severe coastal impact is likely.

Gales with gusts to 100 kilometres per hour may develop between Pardoo and Mardie from overnight on Friday. Gales could extend further east to Wallal Downs, further west to Onslow and extend to inland areas including Pannawonica and Marble Bar later on Saturday. Destructive winds with gusts exceeding 125 kilometres per hour are forecast to develop along the coast between Dampier and Pardoo later Saturday. Very destructive winds with gusts in excess of 165 kilometres per hour are possible near the cyclone centre as it approaches the coast Saturday night and Sunday.

Widespread very heavy rainfall conducive to major flooding is likely along parts of the Pilbara coast over the weekend. Heavy rainfall may extend through the inland Pilbara as the system moves inland.

People along the Pilbara coast are warned of the potential for a very dangerous storm tide as the cyclone approaches the coast over the weekend. Tides are likely to rise significantly above the normal high tide mark with damaging waves and very dangerous coastal inundation.

People in communities between Mardie and Onslow and the inland Pilbara including Marble Bar and Pannawonica should listen for the next advice.

ROAD CLOSURES AND CONDITIONS:

Roads have not yet been closed but is it likely that roads will be impacted. 

Please visit www.mainroads.wa.gov.au to keep up to date.

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

SCHOOLS:

The Department of Education has advised that schools within the Blue Alert area will remain open today, Friday 22 March. For more information contact your school directly or visit www.det.wa.edu.au

FORECAST AFFECTED AREAS:

CYCLONE WARNING is current for people from Wallal Downs to Mardie including Port Hedland, Karratha and Barrow Island

CYCLONE WATCH is current for people from Mardie to Onslow and extending to the inland Pilbara to include Pannawonica, Marble Bar and Nullagine.


WHAT EMERGENCY SERVICES ARE DOING:

DFES is working closely with volunteers, local governments and other agencies to ensure communities are prepared.

DFES deployed a taskforce of 15 people to the Pilbara region yesterday morning. These include Incident Management Team personnel, Aboriginal Advancement Unit liaison officers, Urban Search and Rescue personnel and State Emergency Service (SES) volunteers.

A further 15 SES volunteers from the metro area will be deployed to the Pilbara today. 

All Pilbara coastal SES and Volunteer Fire and Emergency Services units are currently undertaking preparatory and planning activities to assist the community. 

DFES has made contact with regional and remote communities to assess their preparedness levels. 

WA Police, St John Ambulance and all relevant government agencies are involved in consultation and planning. 

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 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:
Visit www.emergency.wa.gov.au, call 13 DFES (13 3337), follow DFES on Twitter: https://twitter.com/dfes_wa, Facebook: https://facebook.com/dfeswa/, listen to ABC Local Radio or listen to news bulletins.
Updates will be provided when the situation changes

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