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'High chance' of cyclone developing off Northern Territory coast, weather bureau says

Sunday January 12, 2014 - 10:49 EDT

The weather bureau says there is a high chance of a cyclone developing off the Northern Territory coast early this week.

The tropical low is developing over the Arafura Sea, about 500 kilometres east-northeast of Darwin, moving in a westerly direction.

Angeline Prasad from the Bureau of Meteorology says if enough of the low stays over water, it could develop into a tropical cyclone.

"For Monday we are going for a moderate chance of it becoming a tropical cyclone, and on Tuesday we have upgraded it to a high chance of becoming a tropical cyclone," she said.

"So for Monday its a 20 to 50 per cent chance, on Tuesday its about a 50 per cent chance."

The closely for the risk of gales developing over the western coast and northern Western Australia during Tuesday and Wednesday.


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