| TROPICAL CYCLONE WARNING "HELEN" Category 2
| Friday, January 4, 2008
Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology
Darwin Regional Forecasting Centre
MEDIA: Transmitters serving the area Darwin to Daly River are requested to use
the cyclone emergency warning signal with this message.
TROPICAL CYCLONE WARNING
TROPICAL CYCLONE ADVICE NUMBER 12
Issued by the BUREAU OF METEOROLOGY, DARWIN
at 8:00 pm CST Friday 4 January 2008
A Cyclone WARNING is current for coastal and island communities from Port Keats
to Cape Hotham, including Darwin and the Tiwi Islands.
A Cyclone WATCH is current for coastal and island communities from Elcho Island
to Numbulwar, including Nhulunbuy and Groote Eylandt.
At 6:30 pm CST Tropical Cyclone Helen, Category 2 was estimated to be
95 kilometres west of Daly River Mouth and
185 kilometres west southwest of Darwin and
moving east at 15 kilometres per hour.
The cyclone is expected to cross the coast near Daly River Mouth in the next few
hours. Tropical Cyclone Helen is expected to weaken below cyclone intensity over
land tomorrow, but may continue to move east and redevelop in the Gulf of
Carpentaria on Sunday.
DESTRUCTIVE WINDS with gusts to 130 kilometres per hour are expected to affect
coastal and island communities between Darwin and Daly River Mouth in the next
GALES with gusts to 100 kilometres per hour are currently being experienced on
parts of the coast between Darwin and Port Keats, and may extend to Cape Hotham
and the Tiwi Islands later tonight. These conditions are expected to continue
for the next 6 to 12 hours.
GALES with gusts to 100 kilometers per hour may affect coastal and island
communities between Elcho Island and Numbulwar, including Nhulunbuy and Groote
Eylandt, on Sunday if the system redevelops in the Gulf of Carpentaria.
Heavy rain is expected to cause flooding over the Top End.
Details of Tropical Cyclone Helen at 6:30 pm CST:
.Centre located near...... 13.2 degrees South 129.4 degrees East
.Location accuracy........ within 28 kilometres
.Recent movement.......... towards the east at 15 kilometres per hour
.Wind gusts near centre... 130 kilometres per hour
.Severity category........ 2
.Central pressure......... 975 hectoPascals
The next advice will be issued by 11:00 pm CST Friday 04 January.
This advice is available on telephone NT-1300 659 211
DARWIN Tropical Cyclone Warning Centre
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