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


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

Areas Affected:

Warning Zone

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

Watch Zone

NT/Qld Border to Pormpuraaw.

Cancelled Zone


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 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 .

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.


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 (

– 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

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:

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