29. Mrz, 2017
Sunrise TV-Station Live Update about Debbie
Veröffentlicht am 27.03.2017
WITNESSES have described scenes in north Queensland as “unbelievable” as Cyclone Debbie makes landfall.
It comes as the BOM downgraded the intensity of the cyclone to a Category 3, just hours after it smashed through a number of communities in Queensland.
The eye of the storm impacted near the resort town of Airlie Beach at approximately 12:15pm, as the storm continued to batter communities along the Queensland coast, blowing destructive and damaging winds of up to 230 km/h. It is predicted to move slowly southwest over the next 12 to 18 hours before curving to a more southerly track over inland Queensland. Experts predict a lashing of 500mm of rainfall, sparking fears of flash flooding.
The slow-moving system had earlier slammed the Whitsunday Islands, with reports of damage on Hamilton Island and Airlie Beach.
The warning zone is Lucinda to St Lawrence, including Townsville, Mackay, and the Whitsunday Islands, extending inland to Charters Towers, Mount Coolon, Moranbah, and Pentland, the Courier Mail reports.
Latest information from the weather bureau says the cyclone is moving at 12km an hour.
The Red Cross have confirmed approximately 600 people have been “displaced into places of refuge right now”.
Bureau of Meteorology’s Andrea Peace said destructive winds would “persist” before confirming the strongest wind gust captured was 262 km/h at Hamilton Island airport at 10:30 am.
WHAT WE KNOW
• Cyclone Debbie was downgraded to a Category 3 Tuesday afternoon
• The cyclone is moving southwest at a pace of 12km/h and is expted to weaken
• Up to 50,000 homes and business are without power
• The cyclone will be felt across the northern Queensland coastline for the next day or two
• At least one person has been injured