Cyclone Season Preparedness

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Number: A69/2017

Date: 27 November 2017

Relevant: Christmas Island and Cocos (Keeling) Islands

Topic: Western Region Tropical Lows and General Preparedness

The Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) is currently tracking two tropical lows within the Western Cyclone Region, an area which encompasses Christmas and the Cocos (Keeling) Islands. Both of these systems have the potential to form into a tropical cyclone, one of which is expected to pass north of Christmas Island on Thursday or Friday as seen in the attached graphic generated by the BoM.

Tropical lows and cyclones can have significant impacts on the islands, even if they do not make direct contact. Storm surges, lightning, strong winds and heavy rainfall can cause extensive damage. Residents are urged to consider their individual action plans, and prepare for the potential severe weather later this week and throughout the remainder of cyclone season. Advice on preparing and understanding these threats is available for Christmas Island (in English PDF: 1479 KB, Mandarin PDF: 1381 KB and Malay PDF: 1211 KB) and Cocos (Keeling) Islands (in English) PDF: 968 KB.

Further updates will be provided if the system progresses and the threat to the islands increases. For cyclone weather information, please visit

Natasha Griggs
Territories of Christmas Island and the Cocos (Keeling) Islands