Another cyclone bears down on west Australian coast

Minnie Murray
March 25, 2019

Cyclone Trevor is expected to smash into the Northern Territory coast as a severe category four storm on Saturday morning.

"It is forecast to track west, so the impact will move along the coast along with that although it is moving very slowly".

Borroloola is almost 1000km southeast of Darwin.

Emergency services have not ruled out the possibility of the cyclone ratcheting up to a Category 5 system as the cyclone intensifies in the Gulf of Carpentaria. "Very soon the winds will rapidly increase from the opposite direction to just as fast or even stronger than before".

The Bureau of Meteorology said Veronica was producing wind gusts of up to 200km per hour and pushed a storm surge of up to two metres (seven feet) onto the coast.

In a satellite image acquired from the Australian Bureau of Meteorology, Cyclone Trevor moves over the Northern Territory captured at 0810am AEDT, Tuesday, 19 March 2019.

Meteorologist Todd Smith warned the cyclone, which is now moving southwest at 16km/h, could change direction or surge to category five as it intensifies.

Chris Mc Sherry was one of several surfers at Gove taking advantage of the waves whipped up by weather conditions associated with Cyclone Trevor on Friday
Australian iron ore supply shouldn't be too disrupted by Cyclone Veronica, unless it floods the mines

The eye of the cyclone is estimated between 30-50km wide.

Australian mining company BHP has shut down the world's largest iron ore export port, Port Hedland, as Cyclone Veronica bears down on the West Australian coast.

Most of the sparsely populated area has been evacuated, but with wind gusts up to 250 kilometers per hour (155 miles per hour), police have issued safety warnings for the small number of people who have stayed put - mostly farm owners and mine workers.

Chris McSherry was one of several surfers at Gove taking advantage of the waves whipped up by weather conditions associated with Cyclone Trevor on Friday. "Emergency services are stretched".

People in the Port Hedland area were urged to check storm surge modelling maps and start preparing to relocate to a safer place if affected.

Trevor left behind a trail of damage in Queensland's Cape York Peninsula earlier this week, uprooting trees, causing flooding and roof damage, closing schools and roads, and knocking out power supplies.

A Category 4 severe tropical cyclone is roughly similar to a Category 2 or 3 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson scale used in the U.S.


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