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Australia: Cyclone Trevor brings torrential rain to Far North Queensland March 20 /update 1

Tropical Cyclone Trevor continues its way across Far North Queensland on March 20, bringing torrential rain and damaging winds; storm to strengthen before making a second landfall in Northern Territory March 23

20 Mar 02:47 AM UTC
TIMEFRAME expected from 3/18/2019, 12:00 AM until 3/25/2019, 11:59 PM (Australia/Brisbane). COUNTRY/REGION Queensland, Northern Territory
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Event

Tropical Cyclone Trevor continued its way across Far North Queensland on Wednesday, March 20, bringing heavy rain and damaging winds since its landfall the day before. Up to 30 cm (12 in) of rain was recorded near Lockhart River over 24 hours along with gusts of up to 133 kph (83 mph). Power outages and road closures, particularly due to flooded roads or wind debris, is possible across the Far North region, especially along the southern areas of Trevor's path. Flash flooding is also possible. All flights at Weipa Airport (WEI) were reportedly canceled.

Trevor is expected to cross into the Gulf of Carpentaria and strengthen dramatically to the equivalent of a Category 4 Atlantic hurricane, with sustained winds of 222 kph (138 mph), before making landfall in Northern Territory in the early hours (local time) of Saturday, March 23. Severe wind damage, torrential rain, and high surf is expected in Northern Territory from Nhulunbuy to the Wellesley Islands (Queensland), including Borroloola.

Advice

Individuals in the affected areas are advised to monitor local weather reports, adhere to instructions issued by local authorities (e.g. evacuation orders, road closures), and anticipate power and telecommunication outages, severe weather, flooding, and transportation disruptions (e.g. flight cancelations, road closures).

Remember that walking or driving through running water can be dangerous - 15 cm (6 in) is enough to knock over an adult - and that floodwater may contain wastewater and chemical products; all items in contact with floodwater should be disinfected and all foodstuffs discarded.

 

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