Thursday: North to northeasterly 10/15 knots, increasing to 15/25 knots in the afternoon. Seas: 1/1.5 metres, increasing to 1.5/2 metres around midday. Swell: Easterly around 1 metre. Friday: Northerly 15/25 knots ahead of a gusty southerly change 20/25 knots in the late morning or early afternoon, tending southeasterly 15/20 knots in the evening. Seas: 1/2 metres, increasing to 1.5/2.5 metres during the afternoon. Swell: Easterly 1/1.5 metres. Outlook Saturday: Southeasterly 15/20 knots turning easterly during the afternoon. Seas: 1/2 metres, decreasing to 1/1.5 metres during the morning. Swell: Easterly 1.5 metres, tending southerly 1.5/2 metres during the morning.Issued Thu 10:58 EDT
11:37 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.