Thursday: Westerly 15/20 knots, reaching up to 25 knots inshore during the afternoon. Seas: 1/2 metres. Swell: Westerly around 1 metre. Friday: West to southwesterly 20/25 knots, reaching up to 30 knots during the afternoon and evening. Seas: 1.5/2.5 metres. Swell: Westerly 1/1.5 metres, decreasing to around 1 metre during the morning. Outlook Saturday: Westerly 15/20 knots. Seas: 1/2 metres. Swell: Westerly around 1 metre.Issued Thu 10:32 EDT
10:34 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.