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Weather Warnings - Tropical Cyclone Advice for System 1

Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology
Queensland
Tropical Cyclone Warning Centre

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warning.

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TROPICAL CYCLONE ADVICE NUMBER 2
Issued at 7:37 am EST on Friday 17 February 2017

Headline:
High chance of a Gulf of Carpentaria tropical cyclone this weekend.

Areas Affected:
Warning zone: NT/Qld Border to Burketown.

Watch zone: Port McArthur to NT/Qld Border.

Cancelled zone: None.

Details of Tropical Low at 7:00 am AEST [6:30 am ACST]:
Intensity: Tropical Low, sustained winds near the centre of 55 kilometres per
hour with wind gusts to 95 kilometres per hour.
Location: within 9 kilometres of 16.7 degrees South 138.8 degrees East,
estimated to be 40 kilometres west of Mornington Island and 85 kilometres east
of NT/Qld Border.
Movement: west southwest at 8 kilometres per hour.

The tropical low situated to the west of Mornington Island is expected to
continue moving in a general westwards direction today and may form into a
tropical cyclone by tonight.

It is possible that the system may reach category 2 intensity near the Qld/NT
border on Saturday, but this will be highly dependent on the system taking a
track over water during the next 24 hours. Alternatively, if the system takes a
track over land today, formation into a tropical cyclone would most likely be
delayed until the weekend.

Hazards:
GALES may develop about coastal and island communities between Burketown
(Queensland) and the NT/Queensland border today, before possibly extending to
Port McArthur (NT) on Saturday. DESTRUCTIVE winds, with gusts in excess of 125
kilometres per hour, may occur near the NT/Queensland border during Saturday,
but this will be highly dependent on the system reaching category 2 intensity.

Heavy rain, which may lead to localised flash flooding, is also possible in
areas about the southern Gulf of Carpentaria coast, islands and adjacent inland
areas during today and over the weekend.

Abnormally high tides are expected about the southern Gulf of Carpentaria coast
today and over the weekend, but at this stage the sea level is not forecast to
exceed the highest tide of the year. Large waves are likely along the
beachfront.

Recommended Action:
People between Burketown (Queensland) and the NT/Queensland border should take
precautions and listen to the next advice at around 11am AEST.
- Information is available from your local government
- For cyclone preparedness and safety advice, visit Queensland's Disaster
Management Services website (www.disaster.qld.gov.au)
- For emergency assistance call the Queensland Fire and Emergency Service
(QFES) on 132 500 (for assistance with storm damage, rising flood water, fallen
trees on buildings or roof damage).

NTES advises communities under Watch between Port McArthur and the Qld/NT
border:
- Finalise your emergency kit preparations;
- Clear your premises of potential wind borne missiles;
- Commence home shelter preparations, or decide NOW where you will shelter;
- If your present accommodation is not to code, or you re unsure, you should
arrange to shelter with friends, family or in a public shelter or strong
building.
- Do not move to shelter until advised by local authorities.

Next Advice:
The next advice will be issued from Darwin TCWC by 11:00 am AEST Friday 17
February [10:30 am ACST Friday 17 February].

This warning is also available through TV and Radio Broadcasts; the Bureau's
website at www.bom.gov.au or call 1300 659 212. The Bureau and the State
Emergency Service would appreciate this warning being broadcast regularly.

A map showing the track of the cyclone is available at:
http://www.bom.gov.au/cyclone
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