Thursday: West to northwesterly to 10 knots increasing to 15/20 knots in the middle of the day. Seas: Below 1 metre, increasing to 1/2 metres around midday. 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, increasing to 1.5/2.5 metres around midday. Swell: East to northeasterly below 1 metre. Outlook Saturday: Westerly 15/25 knots. Seas: 1/1.5 metres, increasing to 1.5/2 metres during the morning. Swell: Below 1 metre.Issued Thu 10:32 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.