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The Cyclone that nearly stole Christmas

Sam Brown, Wednesday December 25, 2013 - 19:05 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 moderate risk of Cyclone development in the Western Region tomorrow.

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 100 km/h from Argyle to Mitchell Plateau in the Kimberley.

The low is currently moving in a south southwest direction at 4km/h and located approximately 79km NE of Kalumburu and 256km west of Wadeye. It is expected to track in a south southwest direction across the northern Kimberley later this evening, potentially weakening as it moves over land or just offshore.

Numerous warnings are current including a Severe Weather Warning for Damaging Wind and Heavy Rain for the Kimberley, a Flood Watch for the Kimberley and a Strong Wind Warning for the North Kimberley Coast.

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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