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Tropical Cyclone Nathan Update 18

Monday 23-Mar-2015 06:00

Tropical Cyclone Nathan is expected to intensify as it moves in a west northwest direction across the Arafura Sea.

Region 2 Regional Controller, Superintendent Daniel Bacon, said that the Bureau of Meteorology advises that a cyclone WARNING remains in place from Croker Island to Nhulunbuy, including Goulburn Island, Maningrida, Milingimbi, Elcho Island, Ramingining and Gapuwiyak.

A cyclone WATCH is in place from Croker Island to Cape Don and Cape Hotham to Gunbalanya.

Residents of Goulburn Island are advised to follow the directions of the Northern Territory Police and Northern Territory Emergency Services Officers as the evacuation of Goulburn Island commences this morning.

Evacuation of Wurrawi is underway with the first flight departing Darwin at 5.30am. The first evacuees are expected in Darwin about 7.30am.

Evacuees will arrive at the Aviation Institute prior to being transferred to the Foskey Pavilion at the Darwin Showgrounds.

At 3.30am the centre of Category 2 Tropical Cyclone Nathan was estimated to be 55 kilometres northwest of Galiwinku and 55 kilometres northeast of Milingimbi moving west northwest at 9 kilometres per hour.

Cyclone Nathan is expected to increase in intensity today and is expected to reach Category 3 before turning southwest towards the coast late tonight or early tomorrow.

Heavy rainfall may lead to flash flooding, across coastal parts of north eastern Arnhem Land as the cyclone moves westwards.

A STORM TIDE is expected along the northern Arnhem Land coast. Tides are likely to rise significantly above the normal high tide, with DAMAGING WAVES and DANGEROUS FLOODING.

Superintendent Bacon advises that communities currently in shelter should remain inside until advised by local authorities that the ALL CLEAR has been given.

DO NOT drive or move about outside. You will be advised by the Regional Controller when it is safe to do so.

Residents from Nhulunbuy to Alyangula are advised that IT IS NOW SAFE TO LEAVE YOUR SHELTER AREA. Before moving around, ensure that you are wearing strong clothing and footwear. Look around your immediate neighbourhood and render assistance where you can, but be aware of fallen power lines and debris. If you have to drive, go directly to your destination.

For emergency help in floods, storms and cyclones call 132 500.

For life threatening emergencies call 000.

Further advice on cyclone emergencies is available at www.secureNT.nt.gov.au

For the latest Bureau of Meteorology advice go to www.bom.gov.au