NT Significant Weather Update: Tropical Low in the Arafura Sea SEC=UNCLASSIFIED

Tropical Low in the Arafura Sea

  • A Tropical Cyclone Watch has been declared between Cape Don (Coburg Peninsula) and Gove for the tropical low currently sitting around 85km north northeast of Cape Wessel and 200km north of Gove.
  • It is expected to slowly track towards the NT coast during the next three days.
  • There’s a high chance the low will intensify to Tropical Cyclone strength in the early hours of Thursday morning.
  • We’re expecting the system to intensify to Category 2 strength on Thursday, and cross the coast between Maningrida and Goulburn Island early on Friday.
  • Gale force winds may start impacting parts of the northern coast from Wednesday.

Rainfall and wind

  • A marine wind warning for strong winds has now been issued for the Arafura Coast.
  • Rainfall amounts will be highly dependent on how far south the system tracks through the Top End.
  • The north coast is likely to experience the highest rainfall with 3 day totals of 200-300mm, with isolated falls up to 500mm in the hardest hit places.
  • Daily rainfall totals could exceed 200m in locations close to the system.
  • The flood team will be assessing the possible impacts of rainfall for the Top End, and a Flood Watch may be issued later this week.

Saskia Pickles | Media and Communications Manager NT

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Tel: 08 8920 3870 | saskia.pickles

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