Thursday: North to northeasterly 15/25 knots, shifting south to southwesterly in the evening. Seas: 1/1.5 metres, increasing to 1/2 metres during the afternoon. Swell: Northeasterly 1/1.5 metres. Friday: South to southwesterly 20/30 knots, easing to 15/25 knots in the evening. Seas: 1/2 metres, increasing to 2/3 metres during the morning. Swell: Northeasterly 1/1.5 metres, tending southerly 1/2 metres during the day. Outlook Saturday: South to southwesterly 10/15 knots becoming variable about 10 knots during the morning then becoming northeasterly 10/15 knots during the afternoon. Seas: 1/1.5 metres, decreasing below 1 metre during the morning. Swell: Southerly 1.5/2 metres, decreasing to 1/1.5 metres during the morning.Issued Thu 10:58 EDT
10:34 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.