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The Cyclone that nearly stole Christmas

Sam Brown, Wednesday December 25, 2013 - 14:12 EDT

A Tropical Low located in the western Timor Sea just to the northwest of the WA/NT border is continuing to deepen, bringing a high risk of Cyclone development in the Northern Region today.

The Tropical Low will generate widespread areas of heavy rain over the coming days about western areas of the NT's Top End and across the northern Kimberley. Four day rainfall totals for north-eastern areas of the Kimberley could see as much as 300mm; with isolated falls closer to 400mm. Winds will strengthen, with gusts potentially reaching 95 km/h along the coast between the WA/NT border and Mitchell Plateau this afternoon if the low develops into a tropical cyclone.

The low is currently moving southwards at 7km/h and located approximately 300km WSW of Darwin and 230km north of Wyndham. It is expected to track in a southwest direction across the northern Kimberley later today, potentially weakening as it moves over land.

Numerous warnings are current including a Severe Weather Warning for Heavy Rain for the Darwin-Daly and far northwest Victoria River districts. A Gale Warning also exists for areas within 40 nautical miles from the low and a Strong Wind Warning elsewhere from Daly River Mouth to the WA/NT border.

People living or travelling to these regions should heed the advice of emergency services and take the necessary safety precautions.

- Weatherzone

© Weatherzone 2013

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