The following alert has been issued by the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES)
Tropical Cyclone Damien will result in a significant storm surge along parts of the Pilbara coast. Refer to 'Storm Surge - Relocate Now' section. Buses are transporting people in Roebourne and Wickham who are unable to self-relocate to the Karratha Leisureplex. Refer to Safer Place section for details. People are reminded that Triple Zero (000) is only to be used for life threatening situations.
Time of issue: 01:14 PM
Date of issue: 07 February 2020
Cyclone YELLOW ALERT for people from Port Hedland to Mardie and south to Millstream in the Pilbara
COMMUNITY ALERT LEVEL:
A YELLOW ALERT is current for people in or near Port Hedland to Mardie and south to Millstream including the Town of Port Hedland, Whim Creek, Point Samson, Wickham, Roebourne, Karratha, Dampier and Barrow Island.
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:
- 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 - RELOCATE NOW
- Tropical Cyclone Damien will result in a significant storm surge along parts of the Pilbara coast.
- There is a risk that this will result in properties becoming inundated in Karratha, Dampier, Wickham, Cossack, Roebourne and Point Sampson within 24 hours.
- To view the Storm Surge Modelling Maps 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 the storm surge warning areas, you need to relocate now to a safer place.
- This could be with family or friends or 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.
- If there is a life-threatening situation call 000.
- There are many hazards associated with this type of inundation. Flood waters can contain contaminants that can be harmful to your health.
- Utilities like power and gas may be unavailable for an extended period of time following the event.
Cyclone BLUE ALERT for people from Wallal Downs to Port Hedland and Mardie to Onslow in the Pilbara
COMMUNITY ALERT LEVEL:
A BLUE ALERT is current for people in or near Wallal Downs to Port Hedland and Mardie to Onslow, including the towns of Pannawonica, Tom Price, Paraburdoo, Nullagine and Marble Bar, but not including Onslow and Port Hedland 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:
- 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.
As at 7 February 2020 11:53 AM:
The Bureau of Meteorology advises that Severe Tropical Cyclone Damien is now a Category 3 system, and is expected to continue to intensify as it turns towards the coast.
Intensity: Category 3, sustained winds near the centre of 120 kilometres per hour with wind gusts to 165 kilometres per hour.
Location: estimated to be 305 kilometres north northwest of Port Hedland and 315 kilometres north of Karratha.
Movement: west southwest at 8 kilometres per hour.
Hazards: Gales are forecast to develop along the Pilbara coast between Wallal Downs and Mardie including Port Hedland, Karratha and Dampier from as early as Friday evening. Destructive winds with wind gusts to 150 kilometres per hour are likely to develop during Saturday morning as the cyclone approaches the coast.
Very destructive winds with gusts to 230 kilometres per hour are expected near the cyclone centre as it crosses the coast on Saturday. If the cyclone tracks further to the west then gales may develop during Saturday between Mardie and Onslow.
Residents in low lying coastal areas are warned of the potential of a storm tide as the cyclone centre crosses the coast. Tides are likely to rise significantly above the normal high tide mark with damaging waves and very dangerous flooding.
Heavy rain is likely to cause flooding in the Pilbara and Gascoyne as the cyclone moves inland over the weekend. Refer to Flood Watch at www.bom.gov.au/wa/warnings/
ROAD CLOSURES AND CONDITIONS:
Roads have been closed including:
- Nanutarra Munjina Road between Nameless Valley Drive and Bingarn Road
- Munjina Road
- Dingarn Road
There are a number of other roads affected. Please check the Main Roads Travel Map at travelmap.mainroads.wa.gov.au for how to proceed.
Heavy rainfall is predicted in the region which may cause flash flooding and unpredictable levels in floodway’s and river crossings. Take care at crossings and floodways as river levels may rise rapidly. Do not drive into water of unknown depth or velocity.
Road information may also be available from Main Roads WA by calling 138 138 or by contacting your local Shire.
- Your safest option may be to visit family or friends who live away from the area.
- The Department of Communities has set up an evacuation centre at the Karratha Leisureplex (opposite Broadhurst Road, Dampier Highway) and the JD Hardie Centre (Cottier Drive, South Hedland).
- Buses will be available to transport people in Roebourne and Wickham who are unable to self-relocate to the Karratha Leisureplex.
- 1pm: Bus arrives at Roebourne Wickham SES (Wickham Drive). Departing at 1:10pm
- 1:30pm: Bus arrives at Roebourne PCYC 50 Cent Hall (1 Sholl Street). Departing at 1:40pm.
- 3:15pm: Second bus arrives at Roebourne Wickham SES, departing at 3:25pm.
- 3:45pm: Second bus arrives at PCYC 50 Cent Hall. Departing at 3:55pm.
- Please take any essential items such as medications and identification to the evacuation centre.
- Pets (except recognised assistance animals) are not allowed inside evacuation centres for health and safety reasons, so you should make alternative arrangements for them.
The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development advises to consider safer areas for animals with access to food and water such as under solid shelter, higher grounds or opening internal fences. Do not cut external fencing. Consider moving food stores to elevated grounds.
Register with Register.Find.Reunite. to let your family and loved ones know you’re OK via https://redcross.org.au from any computer or mobile device, or at an evacuation centre.
If you are unable to contact a loved one who may have been affected by the fires, you can enquire about their whereabouts through the online Register.Find.Reunite. system at https://redcross.org.au or at an evacuation centre.
The Parks and Wildlife Service has advised park closures for people in or near:
- Millstream Chichester National Park
- Karajini National Park
Subject to an assessment of damage and visitor safety, the parks may be reopen at 8am Monday 10 February, 2020.
WHAT EMERGENCY SERVICES ARE DOING:
- DFES is monitoring the situation.
- 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.
DFES personnel have been deployed to the Pilbara in preparation for the tropical cyclone
A number of schools in the region are closed today (Friday 7 February) due to Tropical Cyclone Damien. For public schools visit the Department of Education Facebook page at www.facebook.com/PublicEducationWA/ . For Catholic schools visit Catholic Education WA at www.facebook.com/CatholicEducationWA/.
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