Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology
Darwin Regional Forecasting Centre
MEDIA: Transmitters serving the Gove area are requested to use the cyclone
emergency warning signal with this message.
TROPICAL CYCLONE WARNING
TROPICAL CYCLONE ADVICE NUMBER 60
Issued by the BUREAU OF METEOROLOGY, DARWIN
at 5:00 am CST Monday 24 April 2006
A CYCLONE WARNING is current for coastal and island communities between
NHULUNBUY and DALY RIVER MOUTH, including DARWIN, TIWI ISLANDS, COBOURG
PENINSULA and JABIRU.
A CYCLONE WATCH extends southwest between DALY RIVER MOUTH and PORT KEATS.
The CYCLONE WATCH between CAPE SHIELD and NHULUNBUY has been cancelled.
At 4 am CST SEVERE TROPICAL CYCLONE Monica CATEGORY 5 was located about 80
kilometres north northeast of ELCHO ISLAND and 150 kilometres northwest of
NHULUNBUY, moving west at 15 kilometres per hour. The cyclone will move further
west and closer to the coast later today. The cyclone is then expected to
gradually weaken as it passes over the COBOURG PENINSULA tonight before reaching
the northwest DARWIN-DALY and TIWI ISLANDS area on Tuesday.
The VERY DESTRUCTIVE core of SEVERE TROPICAL CYCLONE Monica with gusts to 350
kilometres per hour is currently affecting the islands off the northeast Arnhem
Land coast, including the northern parts of ELCHO ISLAND. The VERY DESTRUCTIVE
core is then expected to cross the north coast between MILINGIMBI and CROKER
ISLAND later today.
DESTRUCTIVE WINDS with gusts to 160 kilometres per hour are currently being
experienced on the remaining islands about the northeast Arnhem Land coast, and
should extend further west to CAPE DON by tonight.
GALES with gusts to 100 kilometres per hour are currently being experienced on
the northeast Arnhem Land coast, and are expected to extend westwards to POINT
STUART and COBOURG PENINSULA tonight.
GALES will continue to extend westward and may develop over the northwest
DARWIN-DALY and TIWI ISLANDS area on Tuesday morning.
DANGEROUSLY HIGH TIDES could cause EXTENSIVE FLOODING at the coast between
NHULUNBUY and ELCHO ISLAND this morning, extending westwards to GOULBURN ISLAND
HEAVY RAIN is expected to cause significant stream rises and flooding of low
lying areas in northeastern Arnhem Land this morning, extending across the
remainder of the northern Top End during the day.
Details of SEVERE TROPICAL CYCLONE Monica at 4 am CST:
. Centre located near...... 11.3 degrees South 135.8 degrees East
. Location accuracy........ within 30 kilometres
. Recent movement.......... towards the west at 15 km/h
. Wind gusts near centre... 350 kilometres per hour
. Intensity................ CATEGORY 5
. Central pressure......... 910 hectoPascals
REPEATING: A CYCLONE WARNING is current between NHULUNBUY and DALY RIVER MOUTH,
including DARWIN, TIWI ISLANDS, COBOURG PENINSULA and JABIRU.
A CYCLONE WATCH extends southwest to PORT KEATS.
The next advice will be issued at 8 am CST.
This advice is available on telephone NT-1300 659 211
DARWIN Tropical Cyclone Warning Centre
PRESURE UP 5 MB