TROPICAL CYCLONE ADVICE NUMBER 15 Nora Now Cat 3

Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology
Northern Territory
Tropical Cyclone Warning Centre

Media: The Standard Emergency Warning Signal should NOT be used with this warning.

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TROPICAL CYCLONE WARNING

TROPICAL CYCLONE ADVICE NUMBER 15

Issued at 8:01 pm ACST [8:31 pm AEST] on Friday 23 March 2018

Headline:

Severe Tropical Cyclone Nora has intensified to a Category 3 system.

Areas Affected:

Warning Zone

Elcho Island to Cape Shield, including Nhulunbuy ,and Gilbert River Mouth to Thursday Island, including Weipa.

Watch Zone

NT/Qld Border to Gilbert River Mouth.

Cancelled Zone

None.

Details of Severe Tropical Cyclone Nora at 6:30 pm ACST [7:00 pm AEST]:

Intensity: Category 3, sustained winds near the centre of 120 kilometres per hour with wind gusts to 165 kilometres per hour.

Location: within 20 kilometres of 10.9 degrees South 138.4 degrees East, estimated to be 230 kilometres northeast of Nhulunbuy and 425 kilometres west northwest of Weipa.

Movement: southeast at 24 kilometres per hour.

Tropical Cyclone Nora has reached Category 3 strength. Nora has started taking a more southeasterly track, heading into the Gulf of Carpentaria.

The system is continuing to instensify and is expected to reach Category 4 during Saturday while over the northeast Gulf of Carpentaria. On Sunday, the Tropical Cyclone is expected to take a more southerly track and move close to the southeastern Gulf of Carpentaria coast, although a coastal crossing anywhere along the western Cape York Peninsula south of Mapoon during Saturday or Sunday is also quite possible.

Hazards:

The risk of GALES, with gusts to 110 kilometres per hour, is easing for the Northern Territory, but may develop in coastal areas between Elcho Island and Cape Shield, including Nhulunbuy, for a period tonight before midnight.

GALES with gusts to 110 kilometres per hour may develop in coastal areas between Thursday Island and Pormpuraaw, including Weipa, early on Saturday. Gales may extend south between Pormpuraaw and Gilbert River Mouth later on Saturday, and between Gilbert River Mouth and the NT/Qld Border, including Mornington Island, overnight Saturday and during Sunday.

DESTRUCTIVE WINDS with gusts to 155 kilometres per hour may develop in coastal areas between Thursday Island and Aurukun, including Weipa, during Saturday if the Tropical Cyclone continues to track east southeasterly. Destructive winds may develop between Aurukun and Pormpuraaw later on Saturday or early Sunday. VERY DESTRUCTIVE winds with gusts to 270 kilometres per hour may develop between Mapoon and Pormpuraaw, including Weipa, during Saturday, if the cyclone does not begin to track more southerly on Saturday.

HEAVY RAINFALL is forecast about Torres Strait and Cape York Peninsula in the coming days and may extend to the Gulf Country of Queensland late Saturday and into Sunday, depending on the track of the Tropical Cyclone. Heavy rainfall could potentially lead to flash flooding in some areas.

As the cyclone approaches the coast, a storm tide is expected between Mapoon and Gilbert River Mouth. Large waves may produce minor flooding along the foreshore. People living in areas likely to be affected by this flooding should take measures to protect their property as much as possible and be prepared to help their neighbours.

Recommended Action:

NTES advises communities between Elcho Island and Cape Shield, including Nhulunbuy:

– Prepare for gales and heavy rain during today and into this evening

– Finalise your home preparations

– Check your family, friends and neighbours understand and are prepared

– Move indoors and 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

People between Thursday Island and Gilbert River Mouth, including Weipa, should take precautions and listen to the next advice at 11:30 pm.

People between Gilbert River Mouth and the NT/Qld Border should consider what action they will need to take if the cyclone threat increases, and listen to the next advice at 11:30 pm.

– 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 state emergency service on 132 500 (for assistance with storm damage, rising flood water, fallen trees on buildings or roof 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 by 11:00 pm ACST Friday 23 March [11:30 pm AEST Friday 23 March].

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

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

TROPICAL CYCLONE ADVICE NUMBER 13

Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology
Northern Territory
Tropical Cyclone Warning Centre

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TROPICAL CYCLONE WARNING

TROPICAL CYCLONE ADVICE NUMBER 13

Issued at 1:52 pm ACST [2:22 pm AEST] on Friday 23 March 2018

Headline:

Category 2 Tropical Cyclone Nora, continues to intensify, and has started taking a more southeastrely track.

Areas Affected:

Warning Zone

Elcho Island to Cape Shield, including Nhulunbuy and Pormpuraaw to Thursday Island, including Weipa.

Watch Zone

NT/Qld Border to Pormpuraaw

Cancelled Zone

None.

Details of Tropical Cyclone Nora at 12:30 pm ACST [1:00 pm AEST]:

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 10.1 degrees South 137.4 degrees East, estimated to be 245 kilometres north northeast of Nhulunbuy and 560 kilometres west northwest of Weipa.

Movement: east at 4 kilometres per hour.

The cyclone is undergoing rapid intensification, and has recently increased its rate of movement. Nora has started taking a more southeasterly track, heading towards the Gulf of Carpentaria.

Tropical Cyclone Nora is currently moving to the east southeast, and is tracking towards the northern Gulf of Carpentaria. The system has intensified to Category 2 and is expected to reach Category 3 in the next 12-24 hours. By Sunday, the Tropical Cyclone is likely to be located over the central or southern Gulf of Carpentaria. A coastal crossing anywhere along the western Cape York Peninsula south of Weipa during Saturday or Sunday is possible.

Hazards:

GALES with gusts to 110 kilometres per hour may develop in coastal areas between Elcho Island and Cape Shield, including Nhulunbuy, during today if the system takes a slightly more southerly track than forecast.

GALES with gusts to 110 kilometres per hour may develop in coastal areas between Thursday Island and Pormpuraaw, including Weipa, tonight. Gales may extend south between Pormpuraaw and the NT/Qld Border, including Mornington Island, on Saturday.

DESTRUCTIVE WINDS with gusts to 150 kilometres per hour may develop in coastal areas between Thursday Island and Pormpuraaw, including Weipa, early Saturday if the Tropical Cyclone takes a more easterly track than forecast. VERY DESTRUCTIVE winds with gusts greater than 170 kilometres per hour may develop between Mapoon and Pormpuraaw, including Weipa during Saturday, if the cyclone tracks further east than forecast.

HEAVY RAINFALL is forecast about Torres Strait and Cape York Peninsula in the coming days and may extend to the Gulf Country of Queensland late Saturday and into Sunday, depending on the track of the Tropical Cyclone. Heavy rainfall could potentially lead to flash flooding in some areas.

As the system moves closer to the eastern Gulf of Carpentaria coast, abnormally high tides may develop in areas between Torres Strait and Karumba. Large waves will become possible about foreshore areas.

Recommended Action:

NTES advises communities between Elcho Island and Cape Shield, including Nhulunbuy:

– Prepare for gales and heavy rain during today and into this evening

– Finalise your home preparations

– Check your family, friends and neighbours understand and are prepared

– Move indoors and 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

People between Thursday Island and Pormpuraaw, including Weipa, should take precautions and listen to the next advice at 5:30 pm.

People between Pormpuraaw and the NT/Qld Border should consider what action they will need to take if the cyclone threat increases, and listen to the next advice at 5:30 pm.

– 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 state emergency service on 132 500 (for assistance with storm damage, rising flood water, fallen trees on buildings or roof 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 by 5:00 pm ACST Friday 23 March [5:30 pm AEST Friday 23 March].

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

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

TROPICAL CYCLONE ADVICE NUMBER 12

Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology
Northern Territory
Tropical Cyclone Warning Centre

Media: The Standard Emergency Warning Signal should NOT be used with this warning.

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TROPICAL CYCLONE WARNING

TROPICAL CYCLONE ADVICE NUMBER 12

Issued at 10:44 am ACST [11:14 am AEST] on Friday 23 March 2018

Headline:

Tropical Cyclone Nora, located off the NT northeast coast, is now at category 2 and moving slowly east.

Areas Affected:

Warning Zone

Elcho Island to Cape Shield, including Nhulunbuy and Pormpuraaw to Thursday Island, including Weipa.

Watch Zone

NT/Qld Border to Pormpuraaw.

Cancelled Zone

None.

Details of Tropical Cyclone Nora at 9:30 am ACST [10:00 am AEST]:

Intensity: Category 2, sustained winds near the centre of 95 kilometres per hour with wind gusts to 130 kilometres per hour.

Location: within 55 kilometres of 9.9 degrees South 137.0 degrees East, estimated to be 260 kilometres north of Nhulunbuy and 610 kilometres west northwest of Weipa.

Movement: east at 4 kilometres per hour.

The cyclone is undergoing rapid intensification, and is expected to turns southeast today and move into the Gulf of Carpentaria.

Tropical Cyclone Nora is currently moving slowly eastwards but will begin a more southeasterly path during today and Saturday into the Gulf of Carpentaria. The system has intensified to Category 2 today and is expected to reach Category 3 in the next 24 hours. By Sunday, the Tropical Cyclone will most likely be located over the southern Gulf of Carpentaria. A coastal crossing anywhere along the western Cape York Peninsula south of Weipa during Saturday or Sunday is possible.

Hazards:

GALES with gusts to 110 kilometres per hour may develop in coastal areas between Elcho Island and Cape Shield, including Nhulunbuy, during today if the system takes a slightly more southerly track than forecast.

GALES with gusts to 110 kilometres per hour may develop in coastal areas between Thursday Island and Pormpuraaw, including Weipa, tonight. Gales may extend south between Pormpuraaw and the NT/Qld Border, including Mornington Island, on Saturday.

DESTRUCTIVE WINDS with gusts to 150 kilometres per hour may develop in coastal areas between Thursday Island and Pormpuraaw, including Weipa, early Saturday if the Tropical Cyclone takes a more easterly track than forecast. VERY DESTRUCTIVE winds with gusts greater than 170 kilometres per hour may develop between Mapoon and Pormpuraaw, including Weipa later on Saturday.

HEAVY RAINFALL is forecast about Torres Strait and Cape York Peninsula in the coming days and may extend to the Gulf Country of Queensland late Saturday and into Sunday, depending on the track of the Tropical Cyclone. Heavy rainfall could potentially lead to flash flooding in some areas.

As the system moves closer to the eastern Gulf of Carpentaria coast, abnormally high tides may develop in areas between Torres Strait and Karumba. Large waves will become possible about foreshore areas.

Recommended Action:

NTES advises communities between Elcho Island and Cape Shield, including Nhulunbuy:

– Prepare for gales and heavy rain during today and into this evening

– Finalise your home preparations

– Check your family, friends and neighbours understand and are prepared

– Move indoors and 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

People between Thursday Island and Pormpuraaw, including Weipa, should take precautions and listen to the next advice at 2:30 pm.

People between Pormpuraaw and the NT/Qld Border should consider what action they will need to take if the cyclone threat increases, and listen to the next advice at 2:30 pm.

– 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 state emergency service on 132 500 (for assistance with storm damage, rising flood water, fallen trees on buildings or roof 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 by 2:00 pm ACST Friday 23 March [2:30 pm AEST Friday 23 March].

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

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

TROPICAL CYCLONE ADVICE NUMBER 11

Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology
Northern Territory
Tropical Cyclone Warning Centre

Media: The Standard Emergency Warning Signal should NOT be used with this warning.

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TROPICAL CYCLONE WARNING

TROPICAL CYCLONE ADVICE NUMBER 11

Issued at 7:56 am ACST [8:26 am AEST] on Friday 23 March 2018

Headline:

Tropical Cyclone Nora, located off the NT northeast coast, is slowly moving east and intensifying.

Areas Affected:

Warning Zone

Elcho Island to Cape Shield, including Nhulunbuy and Pormpuraaw to Thursday Island, including Weipa.

Watch Zone

NT/Qld Border to Pormpuraaw.

Cancelled Zone

None.

Details of Tropical Cyclone Nora at 6:30 am ACST [7:00 am AEST]:

Intensity: Category 1, sustained winds near the centre of 85 kilometres per hour with wind gusts to 120 kilometres per hour.

Location: within 55 kilometres of 9.9 degrees South 136.8 degrees East, estimated to be 255 kilometres north of Nhulunbuy and 630 kilometres west northwest of Weipa.

Movement: east at 4 kilometres per hour.

The cyclone is expected to undergo rapid intensification as it turns southeast today heading towards the Gulf of Carpentaria.

Tropical Cyclone Nora is currently moving slowly eastwards but will begin a more southeasterly path during today and Saturday into the Gulf of Carpentaria. The system is expected to reach Category 2 today and reach Category 3 early Saturday. By Sunday, the Tropical Cyclone will most likely be located over the southern Gulf of Carpentaria. A coastal crossing anywhere along the western Cape York Peninsula south of Weipa during Saturday or Sunday is possible.

Hazards:

GALES with gusts to 110 kilometres per hour may develop in coastal areas between Elcho Island and Cape Shield, including Nhulunbuy, during today if the system takes a slightly more southerly track than forecast.

GALES with gusts to 110 kilometres per hour may develop in coastal areas between Thursday Island and Pormpuraaw, including Weipa, tonight. Gales may extend south between Pormpuraaw and the NT/Qld Border, including Mornington Island, on Saturday.

DESTRUCTIVE WINDS with gusts to 150 kilometres per hour may develop in coastal areas between Thursday Island and Pormpuraaw, including Weipa, early Saturday if the Tropical Cyclone takes a more easterly track than forecast. VERY DESTRUCTIVE winds with gusts greater than 170 kilometres per hour may develop between Mapoon and Pormpuraaw, including Weipa later on Saturday.

HEAVY RAINFALL is forecast about Torres Strait and Cape York Peninsula in the coming days and may extend to the Gulf Country of Queensland late Saturday and into Sunday, depending on the track of the Tropical Cyclone. Heavy rainfall could potentially lead to flash flooding in some areas.

As the system moves closer to the eastern Gulf of Carpentaria coast, abnormally high tides may develop in areas between Torres Strait and Karumba. Large waves will become possible about foreshore areas.

Recommended Action:

NTES advises communities between Elcho Island and Cape Shield, including Nhulunbuy:

– Prepare for gales and heavy rain during today and into this evening

– Finalise your home preparations

– Check your family, friends and neighbours understand and are prepared

– Move indoors and 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

People between Thursday Island and Pormpuraaw, including Weipa, should take precautions and listen to the next advice at 11:30 am.

People between Pormpuraaw and the NT/Qld Border should consider what action they will need to take if the cyclone threat increases, and listen to the next advice at 11:30 am.

– 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 state emergency service on 132 500 (for assistance with storm damage, rising flood water, fallen trees on buildings or roof 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 by 11:00 am ACST Friday 23 March [11:30 am AEST Friday 23 March].

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

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

Nora brewing: Cyclone system expected to develop before the weekend

THE threat of Cyclone Nora striking the Territory’s east coast and Arnhem Land is increasing with a cyclone watch issued for the region.

The tropical low sat 300km north of Nhulunbuy late yesterday and the weather system is expected to develop into a cyclone tomorrow.

It is then predicted to strengthen into a category two cyclone as it tracks into the Gulf of Carpentaria.

The watch zone extends from Milingimbi and Cape Shield, and includes Nhulunbuy, Yirrkala and Elcho Island.

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NCL Pre-Cyclone Hard Waste Collection

As part of January’s CYCLONE PREPARATION MONTH, the Nhulunbuy Corporation’s annual free pre-cyclone hard waste collection will take place on Friday 12 January and Monday 15 January 2018.

Residents are invited to place any items for collection on the footpath in front of their property no later than Thursday 11 January 2018.

Hard waste includes…
• household white goods and electrical appliances such as fridges, dishwashers, washing machines (doors and gas must be removed) and televisions
• hot water services
• broken furniture
• mattresses
• sofas
• BBQs
• scrap metal (no longer than 1.5m)
• timber (no longer than 1.5m)
• paint tins (dry paint and lids off)
• bikes

As part of the hard waste collection, the Nhulunbuy Corporation does not collect:
• domestic waste (garbage bags)
• renovation material (carpet, sinks, toilets, plasterboard etc.)
• building material (brick, stone, concrete, soil, timber, roofing iron, steel and metal, etc)
• hazardous waste (eg. asbestos) or liquid waste (chemicals, paint, motor oil etc)
• green waste
• car bodies and parts, tyres, batteries
• gas cylinders
• polystyrene and styrofoam

Residents are reminded that it is everyone’s responsibility to help ensure that the Nhulunbuy community is prepared for the upcoming cyclone season.

For more information, please contact us on 8939 2200 or via email office@ncl.net.au

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“It’ll snow on the Sahara before we lower rents”, pledges real estate agent

Artist’s impression of a real estate agent

Real estate agent, The Eternally Puissant Annabelline Stealmore-Lifeblood, has boldly claimed that it’ll be a bloody cold day in the Sahara before considering reducing the unfeasibly high rents.

Stealmore-Lifeblood, who lists Five Families: The Rise, Decline, and Resurgence of America’s Most Powerful Mafia Empires by Selwyn Raab as a favourite bedtime read on her Faceache page, made the bold claim that snow would lie over the Sahara desert before she considered the community and its long-term prosperity above her desire to claw in more money and hold court over decent folk with low to average incomes and families to support.

After a thick fall of snow blanketed the famous desert overnight, scientists who were asked to explain the phenomenon suggested that “Stealmore-Lifeblood is such an anathema to both God and nature that both have suspended normal operation to fuck her over”.

When asked if they were expecting any long term effects from the snowfall, they confirmed that they had observed a permanent increase of pressure in the dangerously throbbing vein just above her temple.

“Oh shit”, the potty-mouthed panjandrum and denizen of despair exclaimed when told of the snowfall.

“Shit, shit, shit”,  she continued.

“I didn’t think it would actually snow in the desert.”

“What would Selwyn Raab have to say? I will be seeking illegal advice” she added.

Stealmore-Lifeblood later confirmed that rents would remain at the current obscenely inflated rates while her interests remained compatible with the dying town’s iniquitous overlords, all the while silently encouraged by a toothless and passive community.

Still, if nothing else, we can run pictures of the snowfall in the desert and say it proves there’s no such thing as global warming.

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Tourism Expected to Increase This Wet Season

THE Top End is looking forward to a bumper Wet Season. with tourist numbers expected to be higher than in previous years.

Cruise ships alone will bring in almost 37,000 throughout the Wet, more than half of the total passengers during the 2015/2016 financial year in five months.

Last financial year, almost 62,500 people travelled to the Top End on cruises.

“2015-16 was the busiest ever cruise season for the NT with 45 ship visits to Darwin plus five visits to remote Aboriginal communities at Yirrkala, and on Elcho and the Tiwi Islands,” Tourism NT’s annual report stated.

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Snow falls across Gove

UP TO AN INCH OF SNOW blanketed the Gove Peninsula for the first time in recorded history today.

A severe weather alert was issued by the Nhulunbuy Corporation to drivers as the snow covered large swathes of North East Arnhem Land.

Tracks to communities were hit by the wave of snow which swept across the North East of the region from Wednesday evening.

Authorities took to social media to warn of difficult conditions from Yirrkala to Gapuwiyak.

“Oddly enough, this isn’t the strangest news event of recent times,” wrote NCL social media manager, Wendy Constantine, alluding to Lynne Walker’s recent humbling at the polls.

“No roads are closed at this stage, but yes folks, snow has fallen in Nhulunbuy. Whether it’s a freak occurrence, global warming or climate change, we’re not sure.”

Nhulunbuy Police issued a yellow ‘Be Aware’ warning for much of the region, which was due to expire mid-morning on Friday.

More to come.

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UK completely unprepared for snow for 10,438th winter running

BRITAIN has once again found itself unprepared for snow as it has been since the beginning of recorded history. 

Just as our fur-clad forebears in mud-brick houses were shaken to the core by the cold white magic covering the ground, people across the North today found themselves panicked by an inch of snow as if it had never been known in their lifetimes.

Historian Mary Fisher said: “As Chaucer wrote, ‘Snowe? Then thy milke man shal be late on his round as if this hath never byn befor.’