The Top End of the Northern Territory is prone to cyclones from November to May.
Cyclones usually affect coastal areas up to 50km inland from the sea.
Cyclones are dangerous and can produce destructive winds, heavy rainfall, flooding and storm surges.
They affect essential services and disrupt your ability to travel and communicate.
The protection of your family, your home and your possessions is your responsibility.
You must also make sure your house is safe if you choose to stay at home during a cyclone.
The severity of a cyclone is described in the below categories:
|Category||Strongest gusts (km/h)||Typical effects|
Less than 125
Negligible house damage. Damage to some crops, trees and caravans. Watercraft may drag moorings.
125 to 164
Minor house damage. Significant damage to signs, trees and caravans. Heavy damage to some crops. Risk of power failure. Small watercraft may break moorings.
165 to 224
Some roof and structural damage. Some caravans destroyed. Power failures likely.
225 to 279
Significant roofing loss and structural damage. Many caravans destroyed and blown away. Dangerous airborne debris. Widespread power failures.
More than 280
Extremely dangerous with widespread destruction