4/11/2014 — Cyclone “ITA” making landfall in Queensland Australia — Category 4

A major Cyclone is making landfall in Northeast Australia – a very strong Category 4 storm, coming inland along the shores of Queensland.

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Ironically, the area directly North of this (Papua New Guinea) just had two major Earthquakes a few hours ago:

6.8 earthquake april 11 2014

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The designated name for this tropical system is “Cyclone ITA”.

As stated above, the storm is currently at a Category 4 level.

http://www.bom.gov.au/cyclone/about/intensity.shtml

“CATEGORY 4 (severe tropical cyclone)
Significant roofing loss and structural damage. Many caravans destroyed and blown away. Dangerous airborne debris. Widespread power failures.
A Category 4 cyclone’s strongest winds are VERY DESTRUCTIVE winds with typical gusts over open flat land of 225 – 279 km/h. (139-147mph)
These winds correspond to the highest category on the Beaufort scale, Beaufort 12 (Hurricane).”
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You can see the track of the storm come from Eastern Papua New Guinea, then make a curve Southwest towards Northeast Queensland Australia.

 

http://tropic.ssec.wisc.edu/real-time/mimic-tpw/ausf/main.html

http://tropic.ssec.wisc.edu/

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Several more views of the storm can be found at the NOAA tropical floater page.  Watch as it is making landfall now :

http://www.ssd.noaa.gov/PS/TROP/floaters/23P/23P_floater.html

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