Thursday: North to northwesterly 10/20 knots, reaching 25 knots offshore in the north, shifting south to southwesterly 10/15 knots in the evening. Seas: Below 1 metre, increasing to 1/2 metres during the afternoon. Swell: Northeasterly around 1 metre. Friday: South to southwesterly 15/25 knots tending south to southeasterly in the evening then becoming variable about 10 knots in the late evening. Seas: 1.5/2.5 metres, decreasing to 1/1.5 metres by early evening. Swell: Northeasterly below 1 metre. Outlook Saturday: Southeast to southwesterly 10/15 knots tending west to northwesterly 15/20 knots during the morning. Seas: 1/1.5 metres. Swell: Northeasterly below 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.