Thursday: Variable about 10 knots becoming southeast to southwesterly 10/15 knots during the afternoon then west to southwesterly 15/20 knots in the evening. Seas: Up to 1.5 metres. Swell: West to southwesterly 2.5/3 metres. Swell: Northeasterly around 1 metre. Friday: Southwesterly 15/25 knots, reaching up to 30 knots in the late afternoon. Winds turning westerly 20/25 knots in the evening. Seas: 1.5/2.5 metres. Swell: Westerly 2/3 metres. Outlook Saturday: West to northwesterly 20/30 knots. Seas: 2/3 metres. Swell: Westerly 2/3 metres.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.