• Cyclone Marcus has now moved off shore and continues to intensify as it moves westwards. (BOM WA)Source: BOM WA
The category one cyclone has moved away from the Northern Territory and is now heading south, through the top end of Western Australia.
Rangi Hirini

19 Mar 2018 - 12:30 PM  UPDATED 19 Mar 2018 - 12:32 PM

Cyclone Marcus has moved into the ocean where it continues to intensify, after wrecking havoc in the Northern Territory over the weekend. 

The Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) says Marcus is expected to continue to head westward and stay off land. However, they have recorded wind gusts of up to 150km/hour near the core of the system.

Residents in the small town of Kalumburu claim they missed a bullet as the cyclone passed them leaving barely any destruction.

The Aboriginal community copped the highest rainfall with records showing more than 90mm of rain fell between 9am and 4pm on Sunday.

A red alert has been issued for coastal communities from Kalumburu to Mitchell Plateau, but not including Kalumburu. People in those areas should remain in shelter.

Small island communities from Mitchell Plateau to Cockatoo Island, but not including Mitchell Plateau, are on yellow alert and are advised to take action and get ready to shelter from a cyclone.

Heavy rain and flooding in low-lying areas is also likely to ease by this afternoon with drivers warned to check updates on road closures.

Despite having moved on, Territorians are still advised to stay indoors in the wake of Marcus, as the clean-up continues today in Darwin, with all public schools closed.

On Saturday, Marcus intensified to a category two system and was expected to make landfall on the north Kimberley coast Sunday morning.

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