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TROPICAL CYCLONE WARNING
TROPICAL CYCLONE ADVICE NUMBER 15
Issued at 8:01 pm ACST [8:31 pm AEST] on Friday 23 March 2018
Severe Tropical Cyclone Nora has intensified to a Category 3 system.
Warning zone: Elcho Island to Cape Shield, including Nhulunbuy ,and Gilbert
River Mouth to Thursday Island, including Weipa.
Watch zone: NT/Qld Border to Gilbert River Mouth.
Cancelled zone: None.
Details of Severe Tropical Cyclone Nora at 6:30 pm ACST [7:00 pm AEST]:
Intensity: Category 3, sustained winds near the centre of 120 kilometres per
hour with wind gusts to 165 kilometres per hour.
Location: within 20 kilometres of 10.9 degrees South 138.4 degrees East,
estimated to be 230 kilometres northeast of Nhulunbuy and 425 kilometres west
northwest of Weipa.
Movement: southeast at 24 kilometres per hour.
Tropical Cyclone Nora has reached Category 3 strength. Nora has started taking
a more southeasterly track, heading into the Gulf of Carpentaria.
The system is continuing to instensify and is expected to reach Category 4
during Saturday while over the northeast Gulf of Carpentaria. On Sunday, the
Tropical Cyclone is expected to take a more southerly track and move close to
the southeastern Gulf of Carpentaria coast, although a coastal crossing
anywhere along the western Cape York Peninsula south of Mapoon during Saturday
or Sunday is also quite possible.
The risk of GALES, with gusts to 110 kilometres per hour, is easing for the
Northern Territory, but may develop in coastal areas between Elcho Island and
Cape Shield, including Nhulunbuy, for a period tonight before midnight.
GALES with gusts to 110 kilometres per hour may develop in coastal areas
between Thursday Island and Pormpuraaw, including Weipa, early on Saturday.
Gales may extend south between Pormpuraaw and Gilbert River Mouth later on
Saturday, and between Gilbert River Mouth and the NT/Qld Border, including
Mornington Island, overnight Saturday and during Sunday.
DESTRUCTIVE WINDS with gusts to 155 kilometres per hour may develop in coastal
areas between Thursday Island and Aurukun, including Weipa, during Saturday if
the Tropical Cyclone continues to track east southeasterly. Destructive winds
may develop between Aurukun and Pormpuraaw later on Saturday or early Sunday.
VERY DESTRUCTIVE winds with gusts to 270 kilometres per hour may develop
between Mapoon and Pormpuraaw, including Weipa, during Saturday, if the cyclone
does not begin to track more southerly on Saturday.
HEAVY RAINFALL is forecast about Torres Strait and Cape York Peninsula in the
coming days and may extend to the Gulf Country of Queensland late Saturday and
into Sunday, depending on the track of the Tropical Cyclone. Heavy rainfall
could potentially lead to flash flooding in some areas.
As the cyclone approaches the coast, a storm tide is expected between Mapoon
and Gilbert River Mouth. Large waves may produce minor flooding along the
foreshore. People living in areas likely to be affected by this flooding should
take measures to protect their property as much as possible and be prepared to
help their neighbours.
NTES advises communities between Elcho Island and Cape Shield, including
- Prepare for gales and heavy rain during today and into this evening
- Finalise your home preparations
- Check your family, friends and neighbours understand and are prepared
- Move indoors and shelter as the conditions deteriorate
- Stay indoors and avoid travel during the storm
- Stay away from beaches and immediate coastal areas as dangerous coastal
flooding may occur
People between Thursday Island and Gilbert River Mouth, including Weipa, should
take precautions and listen to the next advice at 11:30 pm.
People between Gilbert River Mouth and the NT/Qld Border should consider what
action they will need to take if the cyclone threat increases, and listen to
the next advice at 11:30 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 11:00 pm ACST Friday 23 March [11:30 pm AEST
Friday 23 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: