Thursday: Westerly 10/15 knots, reaching up to 20 knots near Eddystone Point in the late evening. Seas: Around 1 metre, increasing to 1/1.5 metres about Banks Strait. Swell: Easterly below 1 metre. Friday: Westerly 15/25 knots, reaching up to 30 knots about Banks Strait in the afternoon. Seas: 1/2 metres, decreasing below 1.5 metres during the morning, then increasing to 1.5/2.5 metres around midday. Swell: East to northeasterly below 1 metre. Outlook Saturday: Westerly 15/25 knots turning northwesterly 10/15 knots in the late evening. Seas: 1/2 metres. Swell: East to northeasterly below 1 metre. Outlook Sunday: Northwesterly 10/15 knots becoming variable about 10 knots during the morning then becoming northeasterly 15/20 knots during the afternoon. Seas: Around 1 metre. Swell: East to northeasterly below 1 metre.Issued Thu 22:02 EDT
00:30 EDT Locals on the Cocos Islands have spent Christmas Day hunkered down in their homes, as Tropical Cyclone Kate passed just north of the tiny community more than 2,000 kilometres off the West Australian coast.