Marine Weather Warnings - Tropical Cyclone Warning

Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology
Northern Territory
Tropical Cyclone Warning Centre

The next advice will be issued from Brisbane TCWC by 11:00 am AEST Sunday 25
March [10:30 am ACST Sunday 25 March]. Media: Transmitters serving the area
between Cape Keerweer and Karumba are requested to USE the Standard Emergency
Warning Signal before broadcasting the following warning.

TOP PRIORITY FOR IMMEDIATE BROADCAST

TROPICAL CYCLONE WARNING

TROPICAL CYCLONE ADVICE NUMBER 27
Issued at 8:27 am AEST [7:57 am ACST] on Sunday 25 March 2018


Headline:
Tropical Cyclone Nora located over land near the coast south of Kowanyama is
slowly weakening as it moves southwards.

Areas Affected:
Warning zone: Karumba to Cape Keerweer.

Watch zone: NT/Qld Border to Karumba, including Mornington Island.

Cancelled zone: None.

Details of Tropical Cyclone Nora at 7:00 am AEST [6:30 am ACST]:
Intensity: Category 2, sustained winds near the centre of 95 kilometres per
hour with wind gusts to 130 kilometres per hour.
Location: within 35 kilometres of 15.8 degrees South 141.4 degrees East,
estimated to be 50 kilometres southwest of Kowanyama and 195 kilometres north
northeast of Karumba.
Movement: south southwest at 16 kilometres per hour.

Tropical Cyclone Nora, Category 2, is slowly weakening as it tracks southwards
over land near the western Cape York Peninsula coast, between Kowanyama and
Gilbert River Mouth. The system is expected to continue moving south or
southsoutheast over land and slowly weaken to a tropical low tonight near the
southwestern base of Cape York Peninsula if it stays over land. However, the
cyclone may move south along the coast during today and tonight and weaken at a
slower rate than expected.

If the cyclone remains on its current track and weakens to a tropical low, it
is likely to move back over water in the southeastern Gulf of Carpentaria on
Monday night or on Tuesday, where it may reintensify to a Category 1 cyclone.

Hazards:
GALES with gusts to 110 kilometres per hour are currently being experienced in
coastal areas within 130 kilometres of cyclone centre between Cape Keerweer and
Karumba. Gales are expected to slowly contract south and ease later today or
tonight, dependent on how quickly the cyclone weakens.

GALES may redevelop between Karumba and the NT/Qld border, including Mornington
Island, on Monday night or early Tuesday, if the cyclone moves back over water
and redevelops.

DESTRUCTIVE WINDS with gusts to 130 kilometres per hour within 40 kilometres of
cyclone centre currently being experienced in coastal areas between Kowanyama
and Gilbert River Mouth are expected to ease in the next few hours.

HEAVY RAINFALL is forecast over Cape York Peninsula and extending to the Gulf
Country of Queensland during today, depending on the track of the Tropical
Cyclone. Heavy rainfall could potentially lead to flash flooding in some areas.

Now that Tropical Cyclone Nora has crossed the coast, the threat from storm
tides has reduced significantly. Higher than normal tides may still be
experienced through today, especially around the time of the morning high tide,
however these water levels are unlikely to exceed the normal highest
astronomical tide (HAT) of the year.

Recommended Action:
- People in the path of the cyclone should stay calm and remain in a secure
shelter while the destructive winds continue.
- Do not venture outside if you find yourself in the eye of the cyclone -
destructive winds from a different direction could resume at any time.
- Heed the advice and follow the instructions of Police, Emergency Services
personnel and local authorities.

People between Karumba and the NT/Qld border, including Mornington Island,
should consider what action they will need to take if the cyclone threat
increases.
- 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 State Emergency Service (SES) on
132 500 (for assistance with storm damage, rising flood water, fallen trees on
buildings or roof damage).

Next Advice:
The next advice will be issued from Brisbane TCWC by 11:00 am AEST Sunday 25
March [10:30 am ACST Sunday 25 March].

This advice is available on telephone QLD-1300 659 212 and NT-1300 659 211

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