Understand cyclone warnings and messages

The Bureau of Meteorology issues a tropical cyclone outlook for the Northern Territory at the start of each cyclone season (October/November).

This outlook forecasts the number of tropical cyclones expected in the coming season. In addition, the Bureau produces a three day outlook for each day of the wet season forecasting the likelihood of a cyclone.

The Bureau also provides regular updates on local radio and their website when a cyclone is approaching the Australian coast.

A cyclone watch is issued when a cyclone is active in the Australian region, and is expected to impact land-based communities within 48 hours, but not within 24 hours.

A warning is issued if cyclone gales are affecting or expected to affect coastal communities within 24 hours, or are already occurring.

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