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TROPICAL CYCLONE WARNING
TROPICAL CYCLONE ADVICE NUMBER 27
Issued at 2:04 am ACST [2:34 am AEST] on Tuesday 21 February 2017
Tropical Cyclone Alfred weakening on the southern Gulf of Carpentaria coast as
it makes landfall.
Warning zone: Port McArthur in the Northern Territory to Mornington Island in
Queensland, not including Borroloola and Mornington Island
Watch zone: None
Cancelled zone: None
Details of Tropical Cyclone Alfred at 12:30 am ACST [1:00 am AEST]:
Intensity: Category 1, sustained winds near the centre of 65 kilometres per
hour with wind gusts to 95 kilometres per hour.
Location: within 55 kilometres of 16.1 degrees South 137.5 degrees East,
estimated to be 130 kilometres east of Borroloola and 190 kilometres west
northwest of Mornington Is.
Movement: slow moving.
Tropical Cyclone Alfred is currently crossing the Gulf of Carpentaria coast,
between Borroloola and the NT/Queensland border. The cyclone is expected to
weaken into a tropical low overnight before heading west over the Carpentaria
District later today and on Wednesday.
GALES with GUSTS to 90 kilometres per hour are currently being experienced over
the southwest Gulf of Carpentaria coast, between Port McArthur in the Northern
Territory to Mornington Island in Queensland, but not including Mornington
Island and Borroloola.
HEAVY RAIN which may lead to FLOODING may continue to occur over the far
eastern Carpentaria District in the NT and in coastal and adjacent inland parts
of the Gulf Country District in Queensland today.
ABNORMALLY HIGH TIDES are expected about the southern Gulf of Carpentaria coast
during the next day or so, but at this stage the sea level is not forecast to
exceed the highest tide of the year. Large waves may produce MINOR FLOODING
along low lying coastal areas.
NTES advises residents from Port McArthur to the NT/Qld border:
-Remain in shelter while gales and heavy rain persist
FOR LIFE THREATENING EMERGENCIES DIAL 000.
For Storm or Flood Assistance call 132 500
People between the NT border and Mornington Island, not including Mornington
Island, should take precautions and listen to the next advice at 5:30am AEST.
- Information is available from your local government
- For cyclone preparedness and safety advice, visit Queensland's Disaster
Management Services website (www.disaster.qld.gov.au)
- For emergency assistance call the State Emergency Service (SES) on 132 500
(for assistance with storm damage, rising flood water, fallen trees on
buildings or roof damage).
Further advice on cyclone emergencies is available at www.securent.nt.gov.au
Please ensure that friends, family and neighbours have heard and understood
this message, particularly new arrivals to the area.
The next advice will be issued by 5:00 am ACST Tuesday 21 February [5:30 am
AEST Tuesday 21 February].
This advice is available on telephone NT-1300 659 211 and QLD-1300 659 212
A map showing the track of the cyclone is available at:
WA's Kimberley is in the midst of one of its biggest wet seasons on record, causing headaches for emergency services, remote communities and cattle stations cut off by flooding, but it has not been all bad news for the region.
Some homes in the community of Borroloola on the Gulf of Carpentaria have been evacuated with 74 residents sheltering elsewhere, as they wait for Cyclone Alfred to make landfall about sunrise on Tuesday.
Shacks in the fishing village of King Ash Bay in the Northern Territory's Gulf of Carpentaria have been flooded by the McArthur River.