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Tropical Cyclone Alessia a no-blow for Top End

By staff writers, Monday November 25, 2013 - 12:35 EDT

Former tropical Cyclone Alessia is being branded a flop by Top End residents as the weather bureau cancels all severe weather warnings for the Top End.

A remote nurse, in the town to first experience the effects of Cyclone Alessia as it crossed the Northern Territory coast last night, said the storm was an anti-climax.

Susan Wilson from Wadeye, southeast of Darwin, said she hadn't heard any reports of damage done overnight, and was happy the storm left the community unscathed.

"Watching the Weather Channel and on the BOM site and what have you, and they're telling us we have heavy rain, but nothing, nothing has happened," Ms Wilson said.

The bureau downgraded Cyclone Alessia to a tropical low last night.

Bureau senior forecaster Sally Cutter said the upper Adelaide River, just north of where the weather system hit land, experienced high winds and got about 54 millimetres of rain.

She said the low was heading east and would move over the western Roper-McArthur region in the next day or so.

While the other warnings have been cancelled, Ms Cutter said a flood threat advice was is still in place.

"That's for the Darwin, Arnhem and Roper-McArthur districts," Ms Cutter said.

"That'll initially be in the, basically, the Top End area - and then extending down into the Gulf Country sort of early next week as the system just goes and sits down in that area, and brings in the potential of heavy falls, widespread falls of 20 to 50 millimetres, with scattered falls of 50 to a hundred."

Northern Territory Police say Darwin has emerged largely unscathed.

Schools are open and government workers are expected at work, though many Darwinites were holding cyclone parties last night in anticipation of a sleep-in.

Duty Superintendent Helen Braam said no one was injured during last night's storm and there were no serious traffic accidents.

"We had quite squally sort of weather, a lot of wind and a bit of rain," Supt Braam said.

"That brought down a couple of trees around the Northern Suburbs and out at Howard Springs.

"A bit of localised flooding around Palmerston but otherwise that was about it."

The Territory Insurance Office is urging people to make sure they've got adequate insurance cover with the arrival of this year's wet season.

General manager Michael Hoare said there was a 72-hour waiting period for a policy to take effect if it was taken out during a cyclone-watch period.

"It's just a reminder to make sure they've got that in place, because we are heading into the wet season and it does give you a feeling of, I suppose, security, making sure that your assets are covered in case something does arise from a cyclone," Mr Hoare said.


- ABC

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