TROPICAL CYCLONE WATCH
UPDATED TROPICAL CYCLONE ADVICE NUMBER 5
Issued at 11:16 am ACST [11:46 am AEST] on Thursday 22 March 2018
Tropical Low developing north of Nhulunbuy will move into the Gulf of
Carpentaria over the weekend.
Update for Watch boundary on Cape York Peninsula.
Warning zone: None.
Watch zone: UPDATED Milingimbi to Cape Shield, including Nhulunbuy, and Gilbert
River Mouth to Thursday Island, including Weipa.
Cancelled zone: None.
Details of Tropical Low at 9:30 am ACST [10:00 am AEST]:
Intensity: Tropical Low, sustained winds near the centre of 35 kilometres per
hour with wind gusts to 85 kilometres per hour.
Location: within 110 kilometres of 9.9 degrees South 135.0 degrees East,
estimated to be 320 kilometres northwest of Nhulunbuy and 810 kilometres west
northwest of Weipa.
Movement: west southwest at 8 kilometres per hour.
A tropical low is developing north of Nhulunbuy in the Arafura Sea and is
expected to become a Tropical Cyclone during Friday. The tropical low is
expected to move eastwards, towards the Gulf of Carpentaria today, before
taking a more southeasterly path on Friday.
GALES are not expected in coastal areas within the next 24 hours, however,
gales could develop between Milingimbi and Cape Shield, including Nhulunbuy
during Friday afternoon if the system takes a slightly more southerly track.
Gales could develop in areas between Thursday Island and Gilbert River Mouth,
including Weipa and Kowanyama, by Saturday. Heavy rainfall is forecast about
Torres Strait and Cape York over the coming days, which could potentially lead
to flash flooding in parts.
As the system moves closer to the eastern Gulf of Carpentaria coast, abnormally
high tides may develop in areas between Torres Strait and Karumba. Large waves
will become possible about foreshore areas.
NTES advises communities under Watch:
- Prepare your home, yard and family for a cyclone, finalise your emergency kit;
- Decide NOW where you will shelter - at home, with friends or family, or a
public shelter, where available;
- If you plan to leave the area, leave while it is safe to do so.
People between Gilbert River Mouth and Cape York, including Weipa, should
consider what action they will need to take if the cyclone threat increases,
and listen to the next advice at 5:30 pm.
- 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 state emergency service on 132 500 (for
assistance with storm damage, rising flood water, fallen trees on buildings or
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 5:00 pm ACST Thursday 22 March [5:30 pm AEST
Thursday 22 March].
This advice is available on telephone NT-1300 659 211 and QLD-1300 659 212
A map showing the track of the cyclone is available at: