Australia Satellite Notes
Thick cloud swirling around Severe TC Debbie is producing destructive winds and bands of heavy rain along QLD coast. Cloud in the north and west with a trough is generating storms. Patchy cloud over TAS in the wake of a front is bringing showers.
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.
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.
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.