Australia: CYCLONE WARNING for coastal areas of western Top End, including Darwin, Tiwi Islands & Wadeye – – Published 04 Mar 2017 1820z (GMT/UTC)

Tropical Low 1

Forecast Track Map (NT)

Forecast Track Map (NT)


Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology
Northern Territory
Tropical Cyclone Warning Centre

Media: The Standard Emergency Warning Signal should NOT be used with this warning.




Issued at 1:47 am ACST [12:17 am AWST] on Sunday 05 March 2017


Cyclone Warning for coastal areas of western Top End, including Darwin, Tiwi Islands and Wadeye.

Areas Affected:

Warning Zone

Wadeye to Point Stuart and Croker Island to Cape Fourcroy.

Watch Zone

Kuri Bay to Wadeye

Cancelled Zone


Details of Tropical Low at 12:30 am ACST [11:00 pm 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 10.6 degrees South 131.1 degrees East, estimated to be 105 kilometres north northeast of Milikapiti and 205 kilometres north of Darwin.

Movement: southwest at 13 kilometres per hour.

A tropical low in the Timor Sea is slowly intensifying and may reach tropical cyclone intensity near the Tiwi Islands in the next 6 to 12 hours. The system is expected to continue tracking to the southwest and may pass close to Darwin during Sunday morning or early Sunday afternoon. The cyclone may intensify further during Sunday night or Monday before crossing the north Kimberley coast later on Monday as a Category 2 system.


GALES with gusts to 110 kilometres per hour may develop between Croker Island and Cape Fourcroy in the next 6 to 12 hours, and extend south between Point Stuart and Wadeye (Port Keats), including Darwin, from Sunday morning or early Sunday afternoon

GALES may extend further south between Wadeye (Port Keats) and the NT/WA border, later on Sunday and Monday. GALES may extend west between NT/WA border to Kuri Bay during Monday.

A STORM TIDE between Croker Island and Cape Fourcroy may occur as the cyclone centre crosses the coast on Sunday morning. Tides may rise significantly above the normal high tide, with DAMAGING WAVES and DANGEROUS FLOODING.

Tides will be HIGHER THAN NORMAL between Point Stuart in the NT and Kuri Bay in WA on Sunday and Monday. Large waves may produce MINOR FLOODING of low-lying coastal areas.

HEAVY RAIN and SQUALLS are likely to continue over the Tiwi and Croker Islands and Cobourg Peninsula this morning, extending to the western Top End later Sunday and to the Kimberley region on Sunday night or Monday.

DAMAGING WIND GUSTS are possible in squally showers and storms across the western Top End during the next day or two even if the low does not reach cyclone intensity.

Recommended Action:

NTES advises residents from Cape Fourcroy to Croker Island and Point Stuart to Wadeye, including Darwin

– Your emergency kit should now be complete and ready;

– Finalise home shelter preparations, or know now where you will shelter;

– Do not move to shelter until advised by local authorities

Communities under Watch:

– Finalise your emergency kit preparations;

– Clear your premises of potential wind borne missiles;

– Commence home shelter preparations, or decide NOW where you will shelter;

– If your present accommodation is not to code, or you re unsure, you should arrange to shelter with friends, family or in a public shelter or strong building;

– Do not move to shelter until advised by local authorities.

DFES advises residents in the Watch zone between WA/NT border to Kuri Bay in WA:

-You should prepare your home inside and out

-Keep up to date with the development of the cyclone

Further advice on cyclone emergencies is available at

Please ensure that friends, family and neighbours have heard and understood this message, particularly new arrivals to the area.

Next Advice:

The next advice will be issued by 5:00 am ACST Sunday 05 March [3:30 am AWST Sunday 05 March].

This advice is available on telephone NT-1300 659 211 and WA-1300 659 210

Tropical Cyclone Technical Bulletin

Guides and checklists for cyclone safety and preparedness.
Check your local emergency agencies for more information.

More information here:

Australia National Weather Warnings Summary



Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology
Northern Territory
Darwin Regional Forecasting Centre



Issued at 1328UTC 4 MARCH 2017

Wind gusts can be a further 40 percent stronger than the averages
given here, and maximum waves may be up to twice the height.


At 1200 UTC a Tropical Low was centred within 45 nautical miles of
latitude ten decimal four south (10.4S)
longitude one hundred and thirty one decimal four east (131.4E)
Recent movement : southwest at 6 knots
Maximum winds : 30 knots
Central pressure: 998 hPa
The low is expected to develop into a tropical cyclone in the next 12 to 18


Maximum winds to 30 knots near the centre increasing to 45 knots by 1200 UTC 05

From 0000 UTC 5 March winds above 34 knots within 50 nautical miles of centre,
extending to 60 nautical miles in SW quadrant with rough to very rough seas and
moderate swell.

Forecast positions
At 0000 UTC 05 March: Within 55 nautical miles of 11.3 south 130.4 east
Central pressure 996 hPa.
Winds to 35 knots near centre.
At 1200 UTC 05 March: Within 80 nautical miles of 12.2 south 129.3 east
Central pressure 990 hPa.
Winds to 45 knots near centre.

All ships in the area please send weather reports every three hours.
Regular weather observing ships use normal channels.
Other ships please use either email to or fax to +6189203829
or satellite using SAC1241 through Land Earth Station Burum 312 [or 212 as
appropriate] via Perth.

Next warning will be issued by 1930 UTC 04 March 2017.

DARWIN Tropical Cyclone Warning Centre

Do not use any information on this site for life or death decisions. All information is intended as supplementary to official sources. Kindly refer to your country’s official weather agency/government website for local warnings, advisories and bulletins.

Deepening maritime mystery: Second Filipino sailor dies on “Sage Sagittarius” – Updated 14 Sept 2012 1400Z

The “Sage Sagittarius” has been diverted to Port Kembla, south of Sydney, as the Australian Federal Police investigate a deepening maritime mystery.

“Sage Sagittarius”
Click image for source

A Filipino seaman went missing 430 nautical miles from Cairns on Aug Aug 31 as the ship sailed through the Timor Sea.

The crew member who met foul play may have been preparing to complain about his working conditions. The rest of the crew then barricaded themselves in a secure part of the ship.

The situation appears to be that a seafarer was lost over the side in the Timor Sea, probably around 400 nautical miles north of Cairns.

A search failed to find anybody in the waters. Subsequently the crew were very frightened.

They had gathered together in one cabin in what was described as a citadel situation similar to what would happen if the ship was under attack from piracy.

The company had sent two company representatives and two security guards on board to try to ascertain the situation and protect the crew.

The Australian Federal Police has confirmed it is investigating the matter.

The Australian Maritime Safety Authority alerted the police on Sep 3, 2012. –



The Maritime Union says a Filipino crew member who met foul play on a ship bound for Australia may have been preparing to complain about his working conditions.

The commercial coal ship, the Sage Sagittarius, was about 430 nautical miles from Cairns last Thursday when the seafarer went overboard.

The Sage Sagittarius is now docked at Port Kembla and the Australian Federal Police are conducting (Click link for more)

Update 14 Sept 2012:

Second sailor dies on coal ship

New South Wales Police are investigating the suspicious death of a crewman on board one of the world’s largest coal carrying ships which docked in Newcastle today.

It is the second mysterious death on the ship, the Sage Sagittarius, in as many weeks.

In the first incident a crew member disappeared off the ship while it was sailing north of Cairns in the Timor Sea.

Today, ambulance officers worked in vain hoping to save the second Filipino crewman’s life shortly after the ship docked.

When they failed and the man died, police sealed the ship off and declared it a crime scene.

They are remaining tight-lipped about what happened. (More here)

Isang Pilipino mandaragat nagpunta nawawalang 430 pangkaragatang milya mula sa Cairns noong Aug Agosto 31 ng barko ang sailed sa pamamagitan ng Sea Timor.

Ang mga miyembro ng crew na nakilala hindi tamang gawain ay maaaring ay naghahanda upang magreklamo tungkol sa kanyang mga kondisyon sa pagtatrabaho. Ang natitira ng crew, barricaded ang kanilang sarili sa isang secure na bahagi ng barko.

Ang sitwasyon ay lilitaw upang maging isang mandaragat ay nawala sa ibabaw ng bahagi sa Timor Sea, marahil sa paligid ng 400 pangkaragatang milya hilaga ng Cairns.

Isang Nabigo ang paghahanap upang mahanap ang sinuman sa tubig. Magkakasunod crew ay napaka-takot.

Sila ay natipon magkasama sa isang cabin sa kung ano ay inilarawan bilang isang muog sitwasyon na katulad sa kung ano ang mangyayari kung ang barko ay sa ilalim ng atake mula sa pandarambong sa dagat.

Ang kumpanya ay ipinadala dalawang kinatawan ng kumpanya at dalawang Guards ng seguridad sa board upang subukan upang alamin ang sitwasyon at protektahan ang crew.

Ang Australian Federal Police nakumpirma ito ay sinisiyasat ang mga bagay.

Ang Australian Maritime Safety Authority inalertuhan ng pulis sa Set 3, 2012. –



Ang Maritime Union sabi ni isang Pilipino na miyembro ng crew na nakilala ang hindi tamang gawain sa isang barko nakatali para sa Australia ay maaaring ay naghahanda upang magreklamo tungkol sa kanyang mga kondisyon sa pagtatrabaho.

Ang komersyal na barko ng karbon, ang Sage Sagittarius, ay tungkol sa 430 pangkaragatang milya mula sa Cairns huling Huwebes kapag mandaragat ang nagpunta itapon sa dagat.

Ang Sage Sagittarius ay ngayon naka-dock sa Port Kembla at ang Australian Federal Police ay pagsasagawa ng mga katanungan. – (I-click ang link para sa karagdagang)

I-update ang 14 Set 2012:

Pangalawa mandaragat namatay sa karbon barko

New South Wales Police sinisiyasat ang kahina-hinalang pagkamatay ng isang crewman sa board isa sa pinakamalaking karbon sa mundo na nagdadala barko kung saan naka-dock sa Newcastle ngayon.

Ito ay ang pangalawang kamatayan mahiwaga sa barko, ang Sage Sagittarius, sa maraming mga linggo.

Sa unang insidente ng crew miyembro Naglaho off ang barko habang ito ay sailing hilaga ng Cairns sa Timor Sea.

Ngayon, ambulansiya opisyal na nagtrabaho sa pagka-umaasa upang i-save ang pangalawang Pilipino crewman ng buhay sa ilang sandali lamang matapos ang barko ang naka-dock.

Kapag Nabigo sila at tao ang namatay, pulis selyadong ang barko at ipinahayag ito ng isang krimen pinangyarihan.

Natitirang mga ito ay walang imik tungkol sa kung ano ang nangyari. (More here)

Mon Sep 17, 2012 5:00pm AEST

Police say the Panama-flagged coal carrying ship Sage Sagittarius is free to leave Newcastle.


Lun Set 17, 2012 17:00 AEST

Sinasabi ng mga pulis ang Panama-flag ang karbon na nagdadala ng barko Sage Sagittarius-atubiling umalis Newcastle.