Updated: 3/25/2019 2:20:32 AM
Trevor had weakened into a tropical low and was expected to drench drought-stricken western Queensland over the coming days. Some evacuees were starting to return home to remote Northern Territory communities. Repatriation flights returned 300 residents to Groote Eylandt on Sunday.
Updated: 3/24/2019 3:48:23 AM
About 2,500 residents evacuated their homes before severe Tropical Cyclone Trevor made landfall. The Defence Force flew 200 evacuees home to Groote Eylandt on Sunday. Borroloola residents are believed to be awaiting word on when they can return home.
As the category four storm made landfall on Saturday morning, it was believed only six people remained in harms way, after they refused to leave. However on Sunday morning, after the cyclone had passed, Chief Minister Michael Gunner said there had been no known deaths, major injuries or major damage to infrastructure. Brigadier Pearse pointed to the level of coordination within the evacuation effort, as well as the information provided by the Bureau of Meteorology, that "certainly helped to save life, no doubt". On Sunday, he said it started returning Groote Eylandt residents — flying two C-130 aircrafts carrying 100 people on each — and hoped to have everyone home by tomorrow night.
Updated: 3/23/2019 5:01:13 AM
Severe Tropical Cyclone Trevor is barrelling inland in the Northern Territory, after making landfall at 10 am as a Category 4 storm. The large system crossed the coast 100 km south-east of Port McArthur with winds up to 140 km/h recorded on Center Island in the Pellew Islands. The effects were also felt 200 km away on Mornington Island where trees came down and weather gauges recorded a 1.5 m storm surge. On the same day 35 years ago, Cyclone Kathy hit Borroloola as a Category 5.
Updated: 3/22/2019 4:40:38 AM
The entire coastline from Numbulwar to the NT/QLD border has been evacuated, as communities in the Gulf of Carpentaria brace for Cyclone Trevor's impact. 2100 people from East Arnhem Land have registered at evacuation, with 1200 sleeping at cyclone shelters across the Territory and the remainder choosing to stay with family, friends or in accommodation. Of 500 evacuees who registered at the Marrara evacuation center, 400 stayed the night including the Shadforth family from Robinson River.
The eye of Cyclone Trevor is forecast to be 30-50 kilometers wide, while the entire system spans roughly 200 km. A category 5 cyclone has not been ruled out by the Bureau of Meteorology. “It reached a category 3 this morning and it’s still undergoing intensification,” said NT Manager Todd Smith. “We’re expecting it to reach the high end of a category 4 before it crosses the coast.”
Updated: 3/21/2019 11:33:06 AM
Cyclone Trevor is expected to strengthen and hit the Northern Territory on Saturday as the equivalent of a category 3 or 4 Atlantic hurricane, bringing with it destructive winds up to 250 kilometers per hour, heavy rain and storm surges.
Authorities have declared a state of emergency in the Gulf of Carpentaria ahead of Trevor's arrival. The Northern Territory is now undertaking the largest evacuation ahead of a cyclone in its history, Chief Minister Michael Gunner said at a Thursday press conference.
"We are expecting to see rapid intensification over the next 12 to 24 hours," said Todd Smith, the Northern Territory manager of the Bureau of Meteorology, at the press conference Thursday. "It's really important that people understand this is a very serious cyclone. Not only is it very intense, it's very large, it covers a broad area, so people are going to be impacted by it."
Published Wednesday, March 20, 2019
Tropical Cyclone Trevor made landfall on the Cape York Peninsula on Tuesday causing damage to homes, power cuts and flooding.
Trevor quickly strengthened into a Category 3 tropical cyclone by Monday night with winds equivalent to a Category 2 hurricane in the Atlantic and northern Pacific oceans.
Trevor maintained its strength as it made landfall just south of the town of Lockhart River at 4:55 p.m. local time on Tuesday as a Category 3 tropical cyclone.
Lockhart River reported a peak wind gust of 133 km/h as the storm made landfall. Rainfall in excess of 300 mm was reported in 24 hours in the town.
The town reported a total lose of power following the storm along with damage to homes and other buildings.
Trevor brought more flooding and damage as it tracked westward across Cape York on Wednesday.
The entire community of Coen was without power on Wednesday and power outages were also reported in Aurukun as Trevor approached the coastal community on Wednesday night.
Torrential rainfall of 150-300 mm can lead to significant flash flooding, across northern parts of Cape York into Thursday as Trevor slowly tracks offshore. An Accuweather Local StormMax™ of 450 mm may occur in the hardest-hit locations.
Travel disruptions as well as school cancellations were reported across the region, including the locations of Coen, Archer River and Aurukun.
After affecting the Cape York Peninsula, Trevor is will now enter the Gulf of Carpentaria before targeting northeastern parts of the Northern Territory with flooding rain and strong winds from late Friday into this weekend.
Trevor is expected to restrengthen significantly once in the Gulf of Carpentaria, reaching Category 4 strength (equivalent to a Category 3 or 4 hurricane). The potential exists for Trevor to reach Category 5 strength prior to reaching the coast of Northern Territory.
As Trevor strengthens over the Gulf of Carpentaria, seas will become increasingly dangerous from Thursday into Friday.
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