Thursday: Southeast to southwesterly 10/15 knots tending west to southwesterly 15/20 knots in the evening. Seas: Up to 1.5 metres. Swell: West to southwesterly 2.5/3 metres. Friday: Southwesterly 15/25 knots, reaching up to 30 knots during the afternoon. Winds turning westerly 20/25 knots in the evening. Seas: 1.5/2.5 metres. Swell: West to southwesterly 2/3 metres. Outlook Saturday: West to northwesterly 20/30 knots. Seas: 1/2 metres, increasing to 2/3 metres offshore. Swell: Westerly 2/3 metres. Outlook Sunday: West to northwesterly 15/20 knots tending northwest to northeasterly 10/15 knots during the morning then tending south to southeasterly 15/20 knots during the afternoon. Seas: 1/2 metres, decreasing to 1 metre during the morning. Swell: Westerly 2/3 metres, increasing to 2.5/4 metres offshore.Issued Thu 16:06 EDT
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.