Thursday: Northerly 15/20 knots. Seas: 1/1.5 metres. Swell: Easterly 1/1.5 metres. Friday: Northerly 15/20 knots ahead of a gusty southerly change 20/30 knots in the morning, then tending southeasterly 15/20 knots in the late evening. Seas: Around 1 metre, increasing to 1.5/2.5 metres during the morning. Swell: Northeasterly 1/1.5 metres, tending southerly 1/2 metres during the day. Outlook Saturday: Southeasterly 10/15 knots turning east to northeasterly in the afternoon. Seas: Around 1 metre. Swell: Southerly 1.5/2.5 metres. Outlook Sunday: East to northeasterly 15/20 knots. Seas: Around 1 metre. Swell: Southerly 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.