Australian Government

Tropical Warning Centre

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


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

Areas Affected:

Warning Zone

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

Watch Zone

NT/Qld Border to Pormpuraaw

Cancelled Zone


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 .

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 south of Weipa during Saturday or Sunday is possible.


GALES with gusts to 110 kilometres per hour may develop in coastal areas between 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 (

– 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 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:


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