The Northern Territory news Tue 5 Jan 2010
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www.ntnews.com.au Northern Territory News, Tuesday, January 5, 2010 5 COYOTE TUESDAYS @ MONSOONS PARTY BAR! P U B : NTNE-WS-DA-TE:5-JAGE:5 CO-LO-R: C-M Y-K NEWS Top End coastal communities bracing for a wet and wild ride SURFSUP:Windsurfer GaryMcGregor took advantage of the conditions at Nightcliff as Darwin felt the effects of wet andwindyweather yesterday. Pictures: STUARTWALMSLEY Cyclone tipped today THREATENING: The low off the Territory coast yesterday ByREBEKAHCAVANAGH TERRITORY coastal communities were bracing for wet and wild weather last night as a low threatened to form into a cyclone. The weather bureau warned that the system last night located 215km southwest of Darwin and packing winds of 85km/h at its centre would develop into a Category One cyclone this morning. Darwin is not expected to bear the brunt of the cyclone. But residents in Wadeye, about 420km southwest of the NT capital, were yesterday warned to prepare for damaging winds as the low, which is embedded in an active monsoon trough, was expected to track closely past them early today. The system is then expected to intensify to a cyclone in the southern Joseph Bonaparte Gulf and cross on to land near the NT-WA border before lunch time. Police in the area yesterday evacuated outstations and helped prepare homes for the predicted strong winds. A cyclone warning was extended f o r c o m m u n i t i e s b e t w e e n Kalumburu in WA and the Daly River mouth in the NT. Darwins regional counter disaster controller, Commander Rob Kendrick of the NT Police, last night warned Territorians and tourists alike despite Darwin being taken off cyclone watch to be prepared for the weather that these systems can bring. We are well into the wet season now and it is vital everyone in NT has their cyclone kits prepared and stored in a safe dry place, he said. He urged people to have: BATTERIES, torches and reliable portable radios. BLANKETS and sleeping bags. CHANGE of clothes, hats and strong protective covered shoes. FIRST aid kits, essential toiletries and medication. BOTTLED water, non-perishable foods and cooking utensils. Mr Kendrick said any important personal documents or family photos should be stored in a watertight container or bag. This is not the first cyclone or low pressure system to come our way this season and it will not be the last, he said. I urge you all to be prepared and to also make sure family, friends and neighbours have organised their cyclone kits and plans, too. The bureau said the monsoon trough lying across the Top End would bring widespread monsoonal downpours and storms in the Darwin area as well as the RoperMcArthur and Victoria River districts until Friday, with possible flooding of low-lying areas. Up-to-date weather reports are available by calling 1300 659 211. HAPPYASLARRY:Niceweather for ducks,NEWSBREAKERScott Kernahan took this photo of Lake Durack onWoodlake Ave looking down the fairway, and an accident onMcMinn St CASUALTIES:A fallen tree near Fannie Bay Racecourse and, right, ambulance officers treat a cyclist after she had a nasty fall and lost a toothwhile riding downGardens Rd
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