Thursday: Southwesterly 15/20 knots. Seas: 1.5/2 metres. Swell: Southwesterly 3/4 metres. Friday: Southerly 15/20 knots decreasing to 10/15 knots during the morning and to about 10 knots in the afternoon. Seas: 1/1.5 metres, decreasing below 1 metre during the morning. Swell: Southwesterly 3/4 metres, decreasing to 2.5/3 metres during the morning. Outlook Saturday: Variable about 10 knots. Seas: Below 0.5 metres. Swell: Southwesterly 1.5/2.5 metres. Outlook Sunday: Variable about 10 knots becoming west to southwesterly 10/15 knots during the afternoon. Seas: Below 1 metre. Swell: Southwesterly 2/4 metres.Issued Thu 15:54 CDT
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.