Australia Satellite Notes
Thick cloud around Tropical Cyclone Debbie is generating heavy showers along the tropical QLD coast. Cloud over SA and VIC with a low pressure trough is causing showers and storms. Cloud over the tropics is continuing to bring showers and storms over the region.
Tropical Cyclone Debbie is just hours from reaching the north Queensland coast.
More than 25,000 people need to move from low-lying areas in Mackay by midnight, with fears incoming Tropical Cyclone Debbie could cause inundation of up to 2.5 metres above the high tide level.
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.