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Residents flee as cyclone heads for Australian coast
Thousands of residents fled their homes as the worst cyclone to threaten Australia's Queensland state for decades bore down on the coast.
Tropical Cyclone Larry was expected to hit the north-eastern state early Monday with wind gusts of up to 280 kilometres (175 mph) an hour and storm surges of up to two metres (6.6 feet), the weather bureau said.
Mandatory evacuations were enforced in several coastal areas including holiday resorts in the path of the cyclone, the national AAP news agency reported.
Expected to intensify to cat 5...
Areas along the far north Queensland coast have been evacuated as one of the most severe tropical cyclones in recent history continues to track towards Innisfail.
Tropical Cyclone Larry is expected to intensify to a category 5, with winds up to 280 kilometres an hour, before crossing the coast between Innisfail and Mission Beach tomorrow morning.
Evacuation centres have been set up between Ingham and Innisfail as Cyclone Larry tracks towards the coast at about 25 kilometres an hour.
several hundred kilometres of the far north coast will be affected.
"It's the next four or five hours that will be the worst. Our warning system is predicated on winds of gale force intensity not on where the centre will cross, so the impact of it will be felt further to the north"
Coastal residents between Cairns and Townsville are specifically warned of the dangerous storm tide as the cyclone crosses the coast.
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Super cyclone hits northeastern Australia
AFP/NASA-HO/File Photo: View of a cyclone approaching Australia that was just below Category-5-strength status, in 2005.
"This cyclone is a category five now and compared to Tracy, which was also a category five ... the heart of Tracy was 47 kilometers (28 miles), this is 100 kilometers and the front itself is 300 to 400," Queensland Premier Peter Beattie said.
Originally posted by worldwatcher
now a question to our crazy friend think this is related to La Nina???
Severity Category: 3
Situation At: 11.30 AM EST Monday 20 March 2006
Warning Area: Inland areas over the southwest Atherton Tablelands extending inland to Normanton
Location: 17.4S 144.9E
Recent Movement: W at 30 km/h
Remarks: The VERY DESTRUCTIVE CORE of SEVERE TROPICAL CYCLONE LARRY with GUSTS of
approximately 200 km/h is affecting the southwestern Atherton Tablelands. Winds
have eased in coastal parts between Cape Tribulation and Ingham.
Severe Tropical Cyclone Larry will move further inland during the day, with
winds gradually weakening.
The next threat map will be issued by 1 pm AEST Monday 20th March.