South to southwesterly 15/20 knots, increasing to 20/25 knots during the afternoon then easing to 15/20 knots south of Cowell to Wallaroo late evening. Seas: 1/1.5 metres, increasing to 1.5/2 metres in the afternoon. Swell: Southwesterly 1/2 metres south of Cowell to Wallaroo. Outlook Friday: South to southeast 15/20 knots, easing to 10/15 knots late morning. South to southwest afternoon seabreezes 15/20 knots, reaching 20/30 knots north of Cowell to Wallaroo in the late afternoon and early evening, then tending south to southeast 15/20 knots late evening. Seas: 1/1.5 metres, increasing to 1.5/2.5 metres during the afternoon. Swell: Southwesterly 1.5/2.5 metres south of Cowell to Wallaroo. Outlook Saturday: Southeasterly to southwesterly 10/20 knots increasing to 15/20 knots during the morning then decreasing to 10/15 knots during the evening. Seas: Around 1 metre, increasing to 1/1.5 metres north of Cowell to Wallaroo during the afternoon. Swell: South to southwesterly 1/1.5 metres.Issued Thu 10:11 CDT
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.