looking likely to be our first named system of the season.
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TROPICAL CYCLONE ADVICE NUMBER 1
Issued at 5:01 am EST on Friday 17 February 2017
High chance of a Gulf of Carpentaria tropical cyclone this weekend.
NT/Qld Border to Burketown.
Port McArthur to NT/Qld Border.
Details of Tropical Low at 4:00 am AEST [3:30 am ACST]:
Intensity: Tropical Low, sustained winds near the centre of 55 kilometres per hour with wind gusts to 95 kilometres per hour.
Location: within 15 kilometres of 16.6 degrees South 139.2 degrees East, estimated to be 7 kilometres north northeast of Mornington Island and 130 kilometres east of NT/Qld Border.
Movement: southwest at 6 kilometres per hour.
The tropical low situated near Mornington Island is expected to continue moving towards the southwest today and may form into a tropical cyclone by tonight. It is possible that the system may reach category 2 intensity near the Qld/NT border on Saturday, but this will be highly dependent on the system taking a track over water during the next 24 hours.
GALES may develop about coastal and island communities between Burketown (Queensland) and the NT/Queensland border today, before possibly extending to Port McArthur (NT) on Saturday. DESTRUCTIVE winds, with gusts in excess of 125 kilometres per hour, may occur near the NT/Queensland border during Saturday.
Heavy rain, which may lead to localised flash flooding, is also possible in areas about the southern Gulf of Carpentaria coast, islands and adjacent inland areas during today and over the weekend.
Abnormally high tides are expected about the southern Gulf of Carpentaria coast today and over the weekend, but at this stage the sea level is not forecast to exceed the highest tide of the year. Large waves are likely along the beachfront.
People between Burketown (Queensland) and the NT/Queensland border should take precautions and listen to the next advice at around 8am AEST.
- Information is available from your local government
- For cyclone preparedness and safety advice, visit Queensland's Disaster Management Services website (www.disaster.qld.gov.au
- For emergency assistance call the Queensland Fire and Emergency Service (QFES) on 132 500 (for assistance with storm damage, rising flood water, fallen trees on buildings or roof damage).
NTES advises communities under Watch between Port McArthur and the Qld/NT border:
- Finalise your emergency kit preparations;
- Clear your premises of potential wind borne missiles;
- Commence home shelter preparations, or decide NOW where you will shelter;
- If your present accommodation is not to code, or you re unsure, you should arrange to shelter with friends, family or in a public shelter or strong building.
- Do not move to shelter until advised by local authorities.
The next advice will be issued by 8:00 am AEST Friday 17 February [7:30 am ACST Friday 17 February].
This warning is also available through TV and Radio Broadcasts; the Bureau's website at www.bom.gov.au
or call 1300 659 212. The Bureau and the State Emergency Service would appreciate this warning being broadcast regularly.
A map showing the track of the cyclone is available at: http://www.bom.gov.au/cyclone