Cyclone Nathan batters Elcho Island


This March 22 NASA satellite image shows Tropical Cyclone Nathan over northern Australia. The cyclone made landfall in the Northern Territory at about 9am Sunday morning. AFP Photo/NASA

Darwin [AAP]

Elcho Island is undergoing a battering as tropical cyclone Nathan intensifies off the Northern Territory coast.

The Bureau of Meteorology says Nathan would remain a category three cyclone into the latter part of Monday, then hopefully weaken to a category one or two system before making landfall again around Tuesday.

‘Gales may extend further west to Milingimbi and Maningrida early on Monday and may extend west to Croker Island overnight Monday or Tuesday morning if the system takes a more westerly track,’ the BoM said in a statement.

‘Gales may extend further west to Cape Don and Point Stuart during Tuesday.’

A flood watch was current for northern coastal rivers.

The cyclone intensified to a ‘high end’ category two on Sunday, crossing the coast between Nhulunbuy and Cape Shield in the morning.

Residents from Cape Shield to Alyangula are being told it is now safe to leave shelter areas, but to wear strong clothing and footwear, and be aware of fallen power lines and debris.

Elcho Island was severely damaged by Cyclone Law in late February, and a storm tide, with damaging waves and dangerous flooding, was also expected between Elcho Island and Cape Shield.

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