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Saturday, December 19, 2009

Tropical cyclone Laurence re-emerges; strengthening

As projected by the Australian Bureau of Meterology, Tropical Cyclone Laurence curved across the Kimberly coast and re-emerged over the Timor Sea. The storm had degraded to a tropical low before reaching the warm waters of the Timor Sea. Now the storm is re-organizing and strengthening and may potentially grow back to an intense tropical cyclone before making a second landfall near Wallal.

Cyclone Laurence moving away from Kimberley coast (Perth Now)
TROPICAL Cyclone Laurence is now moving away from the Kimberley coast after earlier threatening the northwest region.

At 8pm on Saturday, the cyclone was about 85km north-northwest of Broome and moving southwest at 9km/h.After almost a week of intense activity which has brought heavy rain to a large area of the Kimberley, the North-West was put on high alert again on Saturday morning with Laurence threatening to strengthen over the
weekend.

Laurence peaked this week as a category five storm, packing winds of 285km/h at its centre, one of the strongest cyclones seen in Australia.

However it crossed the coast in a remote stretch of the north Kimberley, causing little damage, but dumping hundreds of millimetres or rain across a massive region, causing flooding in some parts.

Laurence is north of Broome this afternoon at a level 2 (on the southern scale). By tomorrow morning, Laurence is expected to grow to level 3 and reach level 4 within 12 hours after that. Current projections indicate that Laurence will strike land at Wallal as an intense tropical cyclone by the middle of the week

WA braces for resurgent cyclone Laurence (ABC News)

People in Western Australia's north are being warned to prepare for Tropical Cyclone Laurence as it moves closer to Broome.

About 5:00pm (AWST) Laurence was 120 kilometres north of Broome, and a cyclone warning has been issued for coastal areas from Cape Leveque to Wallal.

The cyclone has been downgraded to a category one, but Andrew Burton from the Weather Bureau says it has gained strength as it moves across the ocean.

"We do expect that it could easily become a severe tropical cyclone, possibly by tomorrow," Mr Burton said.

"It could intensify back up to a category four, even a category five system isn't out of the question.

"So we do expect Laurence will once again become a very intense tropical cyclone."

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