Thursday: North to northeasterly 10/15 knots, reaching 20 knots south of Cape Byron during the afternoon and evening. Seas: Around 1 metre, increasing to 1/2 metres around midday. Swell: Easterly around 1 metre. Friday: Northerly 15/20 knots. A late southerly change 15/20 knots. Seas: 1/1.5 metres. Swell: Easterly around 1 metre. Outlook Saturday: Northerly 10/15 knots becoming variable about 10 knots during the morning then becoming easterly 15/20 knots during the day. Seas: Around 1 metre, increasing to 1/1.5 metres offshore south of Cape Byron. Swell: Southerly 1/1.5 metres, increasing to 1.5/2 metres offshore south of Cape Byron during the afternoon.Issued Thu 10:58 EDT
15:46 EDT Locals on the Cocos Islands are preparing to spend most of Christmas Day bunkered down in their houses, as Tropical Cyclone Kate bears down on the tiny community more than 2,000 kilometres off the West Australian coast.