2300 ACST Update:
Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology
Tropical Cyclone Warning Centre
Media: The Standard Emergency Warning Signal should NOT be used with this warning.
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TROPICAL CYCLONE WARNING
TROPICAL CYCLONE ADVICE NUMBER 8
Issued at 10:48 pm ACST [9:18 pm AWST] on Saturday 04 March 2017
Cyclone Warning covers coastal areas of northwest Top End, including Darwin and Tiwi Islands.
Daly River Mouth to Point Stuart and Croker Island to Cape Fourcroy.
Kuri Bay to Daly River Mouth
Details of Tropical Low at 9:30 pm ACST [8:00 pm AWST]:
Intensity: Tropical Low, sustained winds near the centre of 45 kilometres per hour with wind gusts to 85 kilometres per hour.
Location: within 85 kilometres of 10.4 degrees South 131.4 degrees East, estimated to be 140 kilometres northeast of Milikapiti and 230 kilometres north northeast of Darwin.
Movement: southwest at 12 kilometres per hour.
A tropical low in the Timor Sea is slowly intensifying and may form into a tropical cyclone near the Tiwi Islands early on Sunday. The system is expected to continue tracking to the southwest and may pass close to Darwin during Sunday. The cyclone may intensify further during Sunday night or Monday before crossing the north Kimberley coast later on Monday as a Category 2 system.
GALES with gusts to 110 kilometres per hour may develop between Croker Island and Cape Fourcroy early on Sunday, and extend south between Point Stuart and Daly River Mouth, including Darwin, during Sunday.
GALES may extend further south between Daly River Mouth and the NT/WA border, including Wadeye later on Sunday and Monday. GALES may extend west between NT/WA border to Kuri Bay during Monday.
A STORM TIDE between Croker Island and Cape Fourcroy may occur as the cyclone centre crosses the coast on Sunday morning. Tides may rise significantly above the normal high tide, with DAMAGING WAVES and DANGEROUS FLOODING.
Tides will be HIGHER THAN NORMAL between Point Stuart in the NT and Kuri Bay in WA on Sunday and Monday. Large waves may produce MINOR FLOODING of low-lying coastal areas.
HEAVY RAIN and SQUALLS are likely to develop over the Tiwi and Croker Islands and Cobourg Peninsula tonight, extending to the western Top End during Sunday and to the Kimberley region on Sunday night or Monday.
DAMAGING WIND GUSTS are possible in squally showers and storms across the northwest Top End during the next day or two even if the low does not reach cyclone intensity.
NTES advises residents from Cape Fourcroy to Croker Island and Point Stuart to Daly River Mouth, including Darwin
- Your emergency kit should now be complete and ready;
- Finalise home shelter preparations, or know now where you will shelter;
- Do not move to shelter until advised by local authorities
Communities under Watch:
- 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.
DFES advises residents in the Watch zone between WA/NT border to Kuri Bay in WA:
-You should prepare your home inside and out
-Keep up to date with the development of the cyclone
Further advice on cyclone emergencies is available at www.securent.nt.gov.au
Please ensure that friends, family and neighbours have heard and understood this message, particularly new arrivals to the area.
The next advice will be issued by 2:00 am ACST Sunday 05 March [12:30 am AWST Sunday 05 March].