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Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology
Northern Territory
Tropical Cyclone Warning Centre

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Issued at 5:00 pm ACST [3:30 pm AWST] on Saturday 17 March 2018

Tropical Cyclone Marcus has moved off the coast near Daly River Mouth. Cyclone
Warning for Darwin has been cancelled.

Areas Affected:
Warning zone: Dundee Beach to Mitchell Plateau.

Watch zone: Mitchell Plateau to Cockatoo Island.

Cancelled zone: Cape Hotham to Dundee Beach including Darwin and Kununurra in

Details of Tropical Cyclone Marcus at 4:30 pm ACST [3:00 pm AWST]:
Intensity: Category 1, sustained winds near the centre of 85 kilometres per
hour with wind gusts to 120 kilometres per hour.
Location: within 35 kilometres of 13.2 degrees South 130.0 degrees East,
estimated to be 65 kilometres southwest of Dundee Beach and 125 kilometres
southwest of Darwin.
Movement: southwest at 21 kilometres per hour.

Tropical Cyclone Marcus, Category 1, is moving off the Northern Territory
coastline between Dundee Beach and Channel Point and into the Timor Sea.
Tropical Cyclone Marcus is forecast to re-intensity to Category 2 before
approaching the northeast Kimberley during Sunday. The tropical cyclone is
expected to move off the northwest Kimberley coast during Monday morning and
continue moving westwards, into the Indian Ocean.

GALES with gusts to 120 km/h are currently occurring along the coast between
Dundee Beach and Daly River Mouth. Gales may extend further south to Wadeye by
early Sunday morning and extend to the north Kimberley later on Sunday.

DESTRUCTIVE winds with gusts greater than 150 kilometres per hour are expected
over the northeast Kimberley coast during Sunday as the centre of Tropical
Cyclone Marcus approaches the coast.

Tides will be HIGHER THAN NORMAL between Wadeye and Cape Hotham, and along the
south coast of the Tiwi Islands. Large waves may produce MINOR FLOODING of
low-lying coastal areas this afternoon and evening. Tides will be higher than
expected between Wadeye and Kalumburu during Sunday.

HEAVY RAIN over the northwest Top End is expected to ease this evening. Heavy
rain is expected to develop over the north Kimberley during Sunday and Monday.

Recommended Action:
NTES advises residents at Bynoe Harbour to Daly River Mouth:
- Gales are now in your area;
- Stay indoors and avoid travel during the storm;
- Stay away from beaches and immediate coastal areas as dangerous coastal
flooding may occur.

Wadeye (excluding Wadeye) to Daly River Mouth.
- Prepare for gales and heavy rain today during tonight and into tomorrow
- Move indoors and take shelter as the conditions deteriorate;
- Stay indoors and avoid travel during the storm;
- Stay away from beaches and immediate coastal areas as dangerous coastal
flooding may occur.

- Be ready for wet and windy conditions to arrive in your area.
- Finalise you home preparations.
- Check your family, friends and neighbours understand and are prepared.
- Move indoors and take shelter as the weather deteriorates.

Gales easing at Darwin (including Darwin City, Northern Suburbs, Palmerston,
and Cox Peninsula.
- Residents are reminded to restrict their movements and drive only if
necessary .
- There are a number of driving hazards including powerlines and trees down in
the Darwin area due to the cyclone
- DO NOT drive over Power Lines or pick them up

DFES advises of the following community alerts:

BLUE ALERT: People from the NT border to Kuri Bay, including the Communities of
Wyndham and Kalumburru but not including Kununarra need to prepare for cyclonic
weather and organise an emergency kit including first aid kit, torch, portable
radio, spare batteries, food and water.

ALL CLEAR: People in Kununarra are advised that wind and storm surge dangers
have passed but you need to take care to avoid the dangers caused by damage.

Further advice on cyclone emergencies is available at www.securent.nt.gov.au
Please ensure that friends, family and neighbours have heard and understood
this message, particularly new arrivals to the area.

Next Advice:
The next advice will be issued from Perth TCWC by 8:00 pm ACST Saturday 17
March [6:30 pm AWST Saturday 17 March].

This advice is available on telephone NT-1300 659 211 and WA-1300 659 210

A map showing the track of the cyclone is available at:
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