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26 Mar 2010, 12:35 AM UTC

Cyclone brews off NT coast

Cyclone brews off NT coast
Image: ABC Local. Source: ABC
The weather bureau says it is difficult to predict how a tropical low off the Northern Territory coast will develop. Senior forecaster Mark Kersemakers says he does not want to overstate the strength of the system but it does have potential to develop into a cyclone. "Some of the models have it tracking west towards the Tiwis or north of the Tiwi islands," he said. "It's probably due north of Milingimbi, Maningrida, Elcho Island - that sort of area off the coast."_____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ADVICE FROM THE BUREAU OF METEROLOGY TROPICAL CYCLONE WARNING Issued by the BUREAU OF METEOROLOGY, DARWIN at 5:00 pm CST Saturday 27 March 2010 A Cyclone WARNING has been declared for coastal and island communities from Maningrida to Cape Shield, including Nhulunbuy. A Cyclone WATCH continues for coastal and island communities from Cape Don to Maningrida and Cape Shield to Numbulwar, including Groote Eylandt. At 3:30 pm CST a Tropical Low was estimated to be 120 kilometres north northwest of Nhulunbuy and 125 kilometres northeast of Elcho Island and moving southeast at 14 kilometres per hour. The low is expected to develop into a tropical cyclone in the next 12 to 24 hours. GALES with gusts to 110 kilometres per hour are expected to develop between MANINGRIDA and CAPE SHIELD, including NHULUNBUY, tomorrow morning. Tides will be HIGHER THAN NORMAL between ELCHO ISLAND and CAPE SHIELD tonight and during Sunday. Large waves may produce MINOR FLOODING of low-lying coastal areas. HEAVY RAIN may lead to localised flooding and significant stream rises in the Arnhem District tonight and during Sunday. Details of Tropical Low at 3:30 pm CST: .Centre located near...... 11.2 degrees South 136.4 degrees East .Location accuracy........ within 110 kilometres .Recent movement.......... towards the southeast at 14 kilometres per hour .Wind gusts near centre... 85 kilometres per hour .Severity category........ below cyclone intensity .Central pressure......... 1001 hectoPascals The next advice will be issued by 8:00 pm CST Saturday 27 March. This advice is available on telephone NT-1300 659 211 DARWIN Tropical Cyclone Warning Centre