Thursday: Northwest to northeasterly 15/20 knots, shifting south to southwesterly in the evening. Seas: 1/1.5 metres. Swell: Northeasterly 1/1.5 metres. Friday: South to southwesterly 20/30 knots, easing to 15/25 knots in the late evening. Seas: 1/1.5 metres, increasing to 2/3 metres during the morning. Swell: Northeasterly 1/1.5 metres, tending southerly 2/3 metres during the morning. Outlook Saturday: South to southwesterly 10/15 knots becoming north to northeasterly 10/15 knots in the afternoon. Seas: Around 1 metre. Swell: Southerly 1.5/2.5 metres, decreasing to 1/1.5 metres around midday. Outlook Sunday: North to northeasterly 15/25 knots. Seas: 1/2 metres. Swell: South to southeasterly 1/1.5 metres, tending easterly during the morning.Issued Thu 16:06 EDT
16:31 EDT Locals on the Cocos Islands were expected 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.