Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology
Tropical Cyclone Warning Centre
Media: Transmitters serving the area between Port Hedland and Bidyadanga are
requested to USE the Standard Emergency Warning Signal before broadcasting the
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TROPICAL CYCLONE ADVICE NUMBER 20
Issued at 2:48 am WST on Saturday 17 March 2012
A Cyclone WARNING is current for coastal areas from Cape Leveque to Dampier,
including Port Hedland, Karratha, Dampier and Broome, as well as inland parts
of the east Pilbara and far west Kimberley, including Telfer, Newman and
A Cyclone WATCH is current for parts of the central and eastern inland Pilbara,
the eastern Gascoyne, far northern Goldfields and the far western Interior
including Three Rivers, Meekatharra and Wiluna.
At 2:00 am WST Severe Tropical Cyclone Lua, Category 3 was estimated to be
300 kilometres north of Port Hedland
365 kilometres west of Broome
moving east southeast at 20 kilometres per hour.
Severe Tropical Cyclone Lua is intensifying as it moves steadily towards the
east Pilbara coast, with an expected crossing during Saturday afternoon.
Gales are expected in coastal areas between Whim Creek and Bidyadanga including
Port Hedland, extending during Saturday morning to adjacent inland areas and
north to Cape Leveque including Broome, and possibly west to Dampier.
Destructive winds to 160 kilometres per hour are possible between Port Hedland
and Bidyadanga after sunrise extending to the inland eastern Pilbara later in
the day. Very Destructive winds up to 230 kilometres per hour are forecast near
the cyclone centre.
As the cyclone moves further inland, gales should reach eastern Gascoyne areas,
adjacent Interior and far northern Goldfields on Sunday morning.
Heavy rainfall is expected near the west Kimberley coast and in coastal and
inland parts of the east Pilbara, extending into the east Gascoyne, western
Interior and northern Goldfields later on Saturday and during Sunday.
Residents of Port Hedland and east to Bidyadanga are specifically warned of the
very dangerous storm tide expected as the cyclone centre approaches the coast.
Tides are likely to rise significantly above the normal high tide mark with
damaging waves and very dangerous flooding.
Heavy surf conditions are also expected along the west Kimberley coast during
FESA-State Emergency Service advises of the following community alerts:
RED ALERT: People in coastal communities between Wallal and Port Hedland,
including Wallal, 80 Mile Beach, Sandfire, Pardoo, Port Hedland and South
Hedland need to go to shelter immediately.
YELLOW ALERT: People in remaining communities between Broome and Whim Creek
including Bidyadanga, Warralong, Yande Yarra, Marble Bar and adjacent pastoral
and mining leases need to take action and get ready to shelter from a cyclone.
BLUE ALERT: People in coastal communities between Whim Creek and Dampier
including Karratha, Dampier, Roebourne, Wickham and Point Samson as well as
inland communities including Nullagine, Newman and Jigalong and surrounding
pastoral and mining leases need to prepare for cyclonic weather and organise an
emergency kit including first aid kit, torch, portable radio, spare batteries,
food and water.
Remaining communities between Broome and Cape Leveque and in the inland eastern
Pilbara, east Gascoyne and western Interior should listen for the next advice.
Details of Severe Tropical Cyclone Lua at 2:00 am WST:
.Centre located near...... 17.6 degrees South 118.8 degrees East
.Location accuracy........ within 45 kilometres
.Recent movement.......... towards the east southeast at 20 kilometres per hour
.Wind gusts near centre... 205 kilometres per hour and INTENSIFYING
.Severity category........ 3
.Central pressure......... 954 hectoPascals
The next advice will be issued by 6:00 am WST Saturday 17 March.
Cyclone advices and State Emergency Service Community Alerts are available by
dialling 1300 659 210
A map showing the track of the cyclone is available at:http://www.bom.gov.au/cyclone