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Cyclone Warning Issued for Northern Australia

December 24, 2011 – A cyclone warning remains current for the area from Cape Fourcroy to Milingimbi, including the Tiwi Islands, Cape Don and Croker Island. Residents have been asked to make final preparations or identify a public emergency shelter, as gale force winds are predicted.

The Bureau of Meteorology says gale force winds of upto 110 kilometres per hour are expected to develop later today or early on Sunday. Heavy rain is is expected to cause localised flooding and significant stream rises over the northern Darwin-Daly, Arnhem and northern Roper-McArthur districts. Dr Andrew Tupper from the Bureau of Meteorology says there’s still a high expectation the tropical low hovering over the Top End may develop into a cyclone.

A cyclone warning continues for a developing tropical low for coastal areas from Cape Fourcroy to Milingimbi, including the Tiwi Islands, Cape Don and Croker Island. Communities affected include Maningrida, Goulburn Islands and Croker Island. Gales may develop later in coastal areas between Dundee Beach and Cape Don, including Darwin and the Tiwi Islands, between Milingimbi and Nhulunbuy and as far inland as Jabiru. “In the last little while [the system] has started developing reasonably strongly, that does give the system better definition and it helps us to work out the warning strategy from now on,” says Dr Tupper.

“What we have now is quite a strong band of weather over the Arafura Sea, it’s the sort of feature that clearly indicates a developing system,” he says. Emergency Services director Peter Davies says many Top End communities could be cut off if a cyclone hits and authorities are making sure they have plenty of supplies. “All the communities have stocks of food and in fact we’ve been checking that over the last couple of days,” he said. “It really does depend where the cyclone crosses the coast and what damage, if any, it does.”

…(ABC AU)

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