Tropical Low

Issued at 5:48 am AWST Saturday 13 February 2016. Refer to Tropical Cyclone Advice Number 7.

Community Threat

Warning Zone
Gales within 24 hours
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Watch Zone
Gales from 24-48 hours
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Past Cyclone Details

Past Location and Intensity Number
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Past Track and Movement
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Current Cyclone Details

Current Location and Intensity Number
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Very Destructive Winds
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Destructive Winds
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Gale Force Winds
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Forecast Cyclone Details
(Up to 72 hours from time of issue)

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Destructive Wind Boundary
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Gale Force Wind Boundary
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Most Likely Future Track
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Range of Likely Tracks of Cyclone Centre
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The forecast path shown above is the Bureau's best estimate of the cyclone's future movement and intensity. There is always some uncertainty associated with tropical cyclone forecasting and the grey zone indicates the range of likely tracks of the cyclone centre.

Due to the uncertainty in the future movement, the indicated winds will almost certainly extend to regions outside the rings on this map. The extent of the warning and watch zones reflects this.

This product is designed for land-based communities; mariners should read the coastal waters and high seas warnings.


Rain and strong winds are persisting on the Cocos (Keeling) Islands as a Tropical Cyclone Warning continues.

Areas affected:

Warning zone: Cocos (Keeling) Islands.

Watch zone: None.

Cancelled zones: None.

Details of Tropical Low at 5:00 am AWST:

Intensity: tropical low, sustained winds near the centre of 55 kilometres per hour with wind gusts to 85 kilometres per hour.
Location: within 85 kilometres of 11.7 degrees South, 96.1 degrees East , 95 kilometres northwest of Cocos Island .
Movement: southwest at 10 kilometres per hour .

The developing tropical low is passing to the northwest of the Cocos (Keeling) Islands during Saturday morning and develop into a tropical cyclone during Saturday afternoon. Gales may develop to the south of the system prior to it developing into a tropical cyclone.


Rain with strong and gusty north to northeast winds are currently occurring over the Cocos (Keeling) Islands. GALES with gusts to 100 kilometres per hour may develop over the islands during Saturday morning as the system passes to the northwest and then to the west. Conditions should ease during Saturday afternoon and evening as the system moves further away from the islands.

Periods of heavy rainfall are expected with the passage of this system, easing during Saturday evening.

Recommended Action:

The Australian Federal Police advise that a BLUE ALERT is current for communities on Home and West Island. People need to prepare for cyclonic weather and organise an emergency kit including a first aid kit, torch, portable radio, spare batteries, food and water.

People on the Cocos (Keeling) Islands should tune in to 6CKI or the ABC and listen for the next advice.

In a life threatening situation call 000 or use VHF Channel 20.

  Time (AWST) Intensity Category Latitude
(decimal deg.)
(decimal deg.)
Estimated Position
Accuracy (km)
0hr 5 am February 13 tropical low 11.7S 96.1E 85
+6hr 11 am February 13 tropical low 12.1S 95.4E 105
+12hr 5 pm February 13 1 12.5S 94.7E 130
+18hr 11 pm February 13 1 13.0S 94.0E 150
+24hr 5 am February 14 2 13.6S 93.3E 175
+36hr 5 pm February 14 2 15.1S 91.8E 210
+48hr 5 am February 15 3 16.6S 90.1E 245
+60hr 5 pm February 15 3 17.8S 88.3E 280
+72hr 5 am February 16 3 18.5S 86.4E 320

Tropical Cyclone information is also available in MetEye

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The next Forecast Track Map will be issued by 9:00 am AWST Saturday