One of the Northern Territory's more remote outback towns might be in the firing line from TC Trevor.
Even though Tennant Creek (pop. 3000) is almost 700km from where the cyclone will cross the NT coast tomorrow, emergency plans are already being drawn up for this most unlikely of victims.
Forecasters are today saying TC Trevor is packing so much punch as it spins across the Gulf of Carpentaria, it could still have quite a kick in it by the time it arrives in the Barkly region.
Tennant Creek is 1000km south of Darwin and 500km north of Alice Springs, in the middle of the NT.
Emergency services have just issued an alert for communities in the Barkly and Southern regions to have emergency plans in place with heavy rainfall expected across the regions on Sunday.
Not often would Tennant Creek residents be asked to get a cyclone kit ready.
The Bureau of Meteorology's current cycling tracking map has TC Trevor heading straight for Tennant Creek, arriving about noon Sunday.
At the moment, the cyclone is expect to arrive on the NT's doorstep as a category four system.
Cyclones lose all their power over land but TC Trevor would have so much momentum, the experts say, it could give Tennant Creek a pasting as well.
Acting Assistant Commissioner Michael Hebb said information to-date indicated potential for damaging wind gusts and heavy rainfall of up to 100mm and 200mm is expected after the cyclone crosses the NT coastline and the system impacts communities in the Barkly and Southern districts.
Average annual rainfall in Tennant Creek is 473mm.
Residents in these areas are urged to take the relevant precautions at home during the severe weather, includes damaging winds, and localised flooding.
"The time to act and ensure you are prepared for severe weather, including possible localised flooding, is now," said A/Assistant Commissioner Hebb
"We urge the people who live in these areas to make sure they are prepared, or to start preparing - this includes having a household emergency plan, organising a household emergency kit, which has sufficient drinkable water, a supply of perishables to last at least four days, any medication required and the basics of a torch, battery-operated radio and spare batteries.
"No directions have been given in regards to evacuations at this time, The Southern Regional Committee are closely monitoring the weather system, and advice will be provided to affected communities/regions as to whether any evacuations are required."
Also, Groote Eylandt currently does not have landline, mobile or internet services. The communication issues are not related to the weather conditions from the cyclone.
The cyclone threat level for Groote Eylandt is now rated as low.
Groote Eylandt is not currently experiencing any weather associated with the cyclone and public shelters will not be opened unless there is a change in the threat level.
Police are active in the township and are presently on duty 24 hours a day, with extra police from Darwin providing support. The front counter at Groote Eylandt Police Station is open during normal business hours today.
If the cyclone tracking changes, police and other agencies, including emergency services, will be active to inform the community.
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