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Territory set for average cyclone season

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Territorians should brace themselves for two or three tropical cyclones this wet season as the Bureau of Meteorology predicts a typical storm season.

The cyclones are likely to be of varying intensity and size and should be expected to hit between November and April, bureau acting NT manager Jude Scott says.

"Tropical cyclones bring damaging winds and storm surges, with heavy rainfall and flooding, but we also see widespread impacts including flooding and strong winds from tropical low systems and severe thunderstorms right across the NT," she said in a statement on Monday.

The bureau's forecasts take into account a number of climate drivers, which it says are currently "neutral".

But it says should there be a move towards a La Nina weather pattern later this year and the chance of more cyclones than usual will increase.

Northern Territory Emergency Services chief officer Jason Collins has also urged locals to be prepared.

"While we have a highly capable emergency service, there is also a responsibility upon individuals to make their own preparations well in advance of any significant weather events," he said.

Mr Collins said Territorians should be aware it could take up to 72 hours for help to arrive.

"Ensure you have an up to date emergency kit and that your kit is able to sustain you and each member of your family for three days or more," he said.

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