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Cyclone warning cancelled for Tiwi Islands and Darwin

Tuesday April 11, 2017 - 18:32 EST
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The tropical low is expected to move south east over Tiwi Islands overnight. - ABC

Authorities have cancelled the cyclone warning for the Tiwi Islands and Darwin area, but are still monitoring the tropical low off the Top End coast.

Forecasters at the Bureau of Meteorology expect the low to move south-east and pass over the Tiwi Islands tonight.

The system may still develop into a cyclone in the Timor Sea on Wednesday, but it was no longer expected to directly impact the Territory's coast.

A severe weather warning remains in place for both areas and emergency services are urging people to heed warnings about rain damage and floodwaters.

Commander Brent Warren said landlines and mobile phones at Warruwi and Minjilang were not working.



"We still have alternative communications in place, so the police radio system is still working and we can use satellite telephones for communication," he said.

"Our direct line to Telstra's been activated and they're sending texts out as soon as they are reasonably able to get the telephones back.

"But we don't see any real impact on police operations out there."

Tiwi Island locals, who have experienced the brunt of the low, were glad to hear of the cancellation.

More to come.


- ABC

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