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Cyclone Warning Issued For Northern Territory As Claudia Threatens Top End

The second cyclone of the Australian season is developing off the northern coastline of Australia and parts of the Northern Territory have been told to be prepared for Claudia.

A developing tropical low west of the NT is slowly moving in a westerly direction, but it is intensifying and is likely to develop into a cyclone overnight, 10's weather expert Josh Holt warned.

"The cyclone will approach and most likely cross the north coast later in late tomorrow or early Friday. There is a chance it may intensify into a category 2 system before making landfall."

Destructive winds with gusts greater than 130 kilometres per hour may develop between Maningrida and Goulburn Island in the territory's Top End late on Thursday if the cyclone continues to intensify.

Heavy rainfall is expected to increase across the north coast from Wednesday and extend to the Tiwi Islands and northern Daly District on Friday and Saturday.

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A cyclone warning has been issued from Elcho Island to Goulburn Island, including Maningrida and Milingimbi.

"This will be our second cyclone this week following cyclone Blake that made landfall in Western Australia. This system will be called Claudia and may head towards Darwin later in the week, but if it makes landfall before then it should weaken as it moves towards the city," Holt said.

"Gale-force winds, heavy rain and flooding are possible for Darwin if it continues its projected track."