Northwest to northeasterly 15/20 knots in the east at first. West to southwest wind otherwise at 10/15 knots in the morning but wind tending south to southwesterly during the afternoon and increasing to 15/20 knots tonight. Seas: 1/1.5 metres. Swell: East to northeasterly 1/1.5 metres. Outlook Friday: South to southwesterly 15/20 knots becoming southwesterly 25/30 knots early in the morning then abating to 20/25 knots at night. Seas: 1/2 metres, increasing to 2.5/3 metres during the morning. Swell: Southwesterly around 1 metre, increasing to 1/2 metres around midday. Swell: East to northeasterly 1/1.5 metres, decreasing to around 1 metre during the morning. Outlook Saturday: Southwesterly 15/20 knots tending westerly during the morning then becoming variable 5/10 knots during the evening. Seas: 1/2 metres, decreasing to 1 metre during the morning. Swell: Southerly 1.5/2 metres, decreasing to 1/1.5 metres during the morning.Issued Thu 10:17 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.