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Tuesday March 28, 2017

Cyclone Debbie downgraded to category two system

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The full devastation brought on by Tropical Cyclone Debbie will not be known until the morning, Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has warned, as the system is further downgraded to a category two.
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Cyclone Debbie hits north Queensland coast bringing winds of 260kph, BOM says

20:24 EDT
Cyclone Debbie has been downgraded to a category two system after crossing the north Queensland coast.
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Cyclone Debbie damage could cost billions, warns Insurance Council

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The Insurance Council of Australia (ICA) has declared Cyclone Debbie a catastrophe and warned that, while there is no estimate of a damage bill yet, previous cyclones have cost billions of dollars.
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Cyclone Debbie: BOM shows wind speeds top 260kph as Queensland battered

19:26 EDT
As Cyclone Debbie crossed the north Queensland coast, it created wind gusts of up to 263kph.
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Navy's largest ships unable to join Cyclone Debbie emergency response amid engine troubles

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Engineers are frantically working to solve engine problems on the Royal Australian Navy's two largest ships, with fears the Landing Helicopter Docks (LHDs) could be out of action for several weeks.
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Cyclone Debbie's eye reaches coast; BOM downgrades system to category three

19:14 EDT
Tropical Cyclone Debbie has been downgraded to a category three system, having made landfall along the north Queensland coastline near Airlie Beach earlier this afternoon as a slow-moving category four system.
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Cyclone Debbie: Residents share stories as torrential rain and wind pummels region

18:52 EDT
Panicked residents in areas affected by Cyclone Debbie have relayed their experiences to the ABC as torrential rain and wind gusts pummel the region.
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Cyclone Debbie threatens coal exports from Queensland mines

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When Cyclone Yasi devastated parts of North Queensland in 2011, the rains it brought with it took out about 20 million tonnes of coking coal production.
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Cyclone Debbie: What to do in the storm's aftermath

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Cyclone Debbie has made landfall, but it will be some time before residents are able to head outside and assess the damage.
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Proserpine farmer loses pig and machinery sheds to Cyclone Debbie

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A pig and cattle farmer in cyclone-affected north Queensland had already lost several buildings before Cyclone Debbie's full force hit.
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Mid-week front to cross SA, Vic and Tas

16:17 EDT
The autumn see-saw is in full swing across Australia's southeast this week.
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Cyclone Debbie: What you need to know at a glance

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Tropical Cyclone Debbie has made landfall on the north Queensland coast.
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Cyclone Debbie: How to keep your phone charged in a weather event

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Keeping your phone charged can be a challenge at the best of times ?? let alone when you have a destructive cyclone at your door.
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Cyclone Debbie update

13:15 EDT
Severe Tropical Cyclone Debbie is close to making landfall on Queensland's central coast.
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Cyclone Debbie: Stark before and after photos show Hamilton Island battered

12:18 EDT
A tropical paradise one day, and smashed by a tropical cyclone the next.
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Kinchant Dam releases in Mackay underway as Cyclone Debbie dumps big rainfalls

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Water is being released from a Mackay dam which has reached its limit thanks to large rainfall associated with Cyclone Debbie.
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Cyclone Debbie captured in satellite images from space

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International Space Station astronauts and NASA have captured incredible images of the size and fury of Cyclone Debbie off the coast of north Queensland.
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Cyclone Debbie: Meet the storm chaser who gets a thrill from severe weather

10:19 EDT
Paul Lyons has learnt how to control the adrenaline surges, but being in the middle of a massive storm still awakens a primal fascination he first identified as a small child.
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Cyclone Debbie: How the BOM names cyclones

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the coast of Queensland.
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Cyclone Debbie: What to expect when you're evacuating

07:11 EDT
Evacuation centres are designed to be a safe place to wait out a cyclone ?? not be a home away from home.
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BOM warning as Cyclone Debbie intensifies; emergency alert issued in Mackay

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Torrential rain is falling in Mackay and local authorities have issued a storm surge warning as Tropical Cyclone Debbie makes its presence felt in the north Queensland city.
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Cyclone Debbie damage bill for farmers could hit $1b, agricultural groups warn

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Cyclone Debbie has the potential to wipe out fruit, vegetable and sugar cane crops worth more than one billion dollars, devastating regional communities and sending prices soaring at the green grocers.
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Cyclone Debbie reaches category four, thousands in low-lying Mackay areas told to leave

05:34 EDT
Tropical Cyclone Debbie has intensified to category four and is expected to hit the north Queensland coast on Tuesday morning, the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) has warned.
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Tropical Cyclone Debbie: Queenslanders preparing for worst cyclone since Yasi

00:42 EDT
As Tropical Cyclone Debbie strengthens off the coast near Townsville in north Queensland, residents are being warned to prepare for the worst storm to hit the state since Cyclone Yasi in 2011.
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Monday March 27, 2017

Cyclone Debbie: What to expect on Tuesday

21:20 EDT
After spending three days brewing over the Coral Sea, Severe Tropical Cyclone Debbie will make landfall tomorrow.
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Cyclones in Queensland: Learning from five of the worst ever recorded

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Tropical cyclones have long posed a serious threat to Queensland coastal communities, but after almost every disaster there have been lessons learnt to help people better prepare.
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Queensland, don't underestimate Cyclone Debbie

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As north Queensland prepares for Cyclone Debbie and wind gusts of up to 240 kilometres an hour, could its name affect how seriously locals are taking the storm? Probably not, as it turns out ?? despite a widely cited but subsequently debunked in the respected Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences journal.
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Cyclone Debbie: Preparing pets and wildlife for wild weather ahead

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The sandbags have been filled, the windows have been taped, and loose items have been secured as Cyclone Debbie approaches north Queensland.
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Victoria weather: Bureau warns of 'gusty, squally' winds up to 100kph

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Victoria is being hit with strong winds as the weather bureau warns of gusts of up to 100 kilometres per hour and possible thunderstorms.
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Stormy change crossing Victoria

13:35 EDT
Blustery winds and thunderstorms are lashing Victoria today as a cold front sweeps across the state.
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Cyclone Debbie: Calm before the storm as Queensland farmers prepare for possible category four

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North Queensland farmers have awoken to relatively normal weather conditions ahead of Cyclone Debbie which is expected to cross the coastline later today.
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Cyclone Debbie forces evacuations in north Queensland communities ahead of tidal surge

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Evacuations have been ordered in coastal towns and communities in the Whitsundays and Burdekin regions in north Queensland as Tropical Cyclone Debbie bears down, with authorities warning of damaging tidal surges.
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Sunday March 26, 2017

Cyclone Debbie strengthens as Queensland braces

10:54 EDT
Tropical Cyclone Debbie continues to strengthen over the Coral Sea as Queensland residents prepare for destructive weather in the days ahead.
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Sultry Sunday for Adelaide

10:07 EDT
Hot and humid conditions will affect Adelaide through today and into the early hours of Monday.
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Cyclone Debbie strengthens to cat 2 on way to probable cat 4 as it continues towards Queensland coast

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A cyclone off northern Queensland has intensified to a category two and could reach category four by the time it crosses the coast somewhere between Cardwell and Bowen, near Townsville, the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) has warned.
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Saturday March 25, 2017

Queensland braces for Tropical Cyclone Debbie

12:37 EDT
Tropical Cyclone Debbie is strengthening quickly on its journey to make landfall, likely between Lucinda and Proserpine on Monday or Tuesday.
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Category four cyclone possible for north Queensland as tropical low strengthens: BOM

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A tropical low brewing 600 kilometres north-east of the Queensland coast could make landfall somewhere between Cairns and Townsville early next week as a category four cyclone or higher, the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) says.
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Friday March 24, 2017

Cyclone brewing in north Queensland prompting new residents to prepare early

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Cyclone preparation comes second nature to many north Queenslanders.
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Sydney's sodden March

14:34 EDT
Sydney is having its wettest March in 33 years after yet another showery night.
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Queensland cyclone threat update

11:30 EDT
It's looking more likely that a tropical cyclone will cross the Queensland coast in the coming days.
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Tropical low drenches Port Hedland and surrounding cattle country

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A slow-moving tropical low has drenched the WA mining town of Port Hedland, which has received more than 270 millimetres of rain this week.
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Thursday March 23, 2017

Tropical cyclone off Queensland coast highly possible, expected to make landfall, BOM forecasts

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A tropical low off north Queensland has a high chance of developing into a cyclone and making landfall by early next week, the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) says.
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Queensland cyclone threat

15:39 EDT
Queensland may see its first tropical cyclone in two years in coming days, although the situation is still hard to call.
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BOM weather: Six questions you've always wanted to ask a meteorologist

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It runs one of the most-viewed websites in Australia and broadcasts its weather forecasts and warnings around the country each day.
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Asperitas: How a Tasmanian geologist helped classify a new type of cloud

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Gary McArthur's head has always been in the clouds.
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New Cloud Atlas for World Met Day

12:06 EDT
Clouds are important and awesome.
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Skies light up after storms

08:28 EDT
It was a golden end to a stormy afternoon in many parts of Australia yesterday as the setting sun painted the sky orange.
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Sydney weather: Thousands without power after severe storm cuts power to homes

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Thousands of homes and businesses in Sydney's west will remain without power overnight, following a severe thunderstorm which brought heavy rainfall and damaging winds.
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Wednesday March 22, 2017

Skies light up after storms

20:44 EDT
It was a golden end to a stormy afternoon in many parts of Australia as the setting sun painted the sky orange.
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Stranded residents question flood warnings on NSW north coast

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Some residents still isolated by floodwaters on the New South Wales far-north coast are asking why they were not given more warning about the wild weather.
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Cyclone Debbie downgraded to category two system

20:29 EDT

The full devastation brought on by Tropical Cyclone Debbie will not be known until the morning, Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has warned, as the system is further downgraded to a category two.

Cyclone Debbie hits north Queensland coast bringing winds of 260kph, BOM says

20:24 EDT

Cyclone Debbie has been downgraded to a category two system after crossing the north Queensland coast.

Cyclone Debbie damage could cost billions, warns Insurance Council

19:57 EDT

The Insurance Council of Australia (ICA) has declared Cyclone Debbie a catastrophe and warned that, while there is no estimate of a damage bill yet, previous cyclones have cost billions of dollars.