Tuesday 27 March 2018

195km/h winds forecast for Northern Queensland

'We need to lock down': Cyclone Nora makes landfall in northern Queensland with 10,000 people told to stay indoors and brace for 195km/h winds

  • 10,000 people in the Gulf of Carpentaria set to be shut in as Cyclone Nora hits
  • Emergency services tell people to stay indoors in secure buildings on lock down
  • Cyclone warning issued for north Queensland as severe cyclone intensifies  
  • Extra police officers have been sent to remote Cape York communities 
  • Nora is the first cyclone of category three or higher to hit the Gulf in 17 years 

26 June, 2018

A severe tropical cyclone has made landfall in north Queensland.

Tropical Cyclone Nora crossed the western coast of Cape York Peninsula around 1.15am on Sunday, according to Sky News.

Part of the Gulf of Carpentaria was battered by the edge of the cyclone on Saturday as 10,000 people told to lock down until the storm passes.

Forecasters say winds of up to 195k/h will make landfall between Pormpuraaw and Gilbert River Mouth bringing 'very destructive winds'.

The most severe part of the storm is around 100km wide and moving around 20km/h.

Queensland premier Annastacia Palaszczuk told communities to move to stronger housing in areas above the storm tide levels and houses built after 1982.

Bob Gee, deputy commissioner Queensland Police, said: 'We need to lock down tonight.

'There will be a certain stage this evening when it will be safe for no one to be out – including police, QFES, SES, health professionals.

'We need to think about being locked down for couple of days. We are prepared to help when we can get in.

'If you want to be safe tonight you've got a couple of hours to do whatever needs to be done to get to a high place of safety.....

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