Darwin residents were preparing for Christmas when Cyclone Tracy abruptly changed course. But such a destructive scenario is unlikely to play out today thanks to vast technological improvements in the cyclone tracking technology.
Analyst warns Cyclone Veronica's pummelling might hit the Australian economy with iron ore exports temporarily stopped from the world's largest bulk export port.
Before it downgraded to a tropical low, the winds around Cyclone Trevor's eye peaked at 175kph, gusting to 250kph, which the Bureau of Meteorology says puts it on par with the notorious Cyclone Tracy. The weather system is moving south near Tennant Creek and will bring heavy rainfall and destructive winds to the Barkly region.
Claims on social media that Aboriginal people are being housed in tents while non-Indigenous evacuees are being accommodated in hotels are denied by Northern Territory Chief Minister Michael Gunner, who calls for unity during a natural disaster.
The Far North Queensland communities of Aurukun and Weipa are next in the firing line as Tropical Cyclone Trevor continues to track towards the Gulf of Carpentaria after bringing down trees with 133kph winds yesterday.
Severe Tropical Cyclone Trevor is now a category three storm with a "very destructive core", and could intensify further before it makes landfall on the Queensland coast tonight, bringing wind gusts of up to 205kph, the Bureau of Meteorology says.
A year after Cyclone Marcus, which left almost 30,000 residents without power, the NT Government has finally taken a decades-old program off ice — announcing it would move the power supply of nine Darwin schools underground.
The category one system is currently 500 kilometres north of Cairns and is expected to intensify before crossing the eastern Cape York Peninsula coast late tomorrow.