Australia Satellite Notes
Thick cloud swirling around Tropical Cyclone Debbie is causing heavy showers and strong winds along the QLD coast. Cloud with a trough in the north is generating storms and showers in the tropics. Cloud with a front in the south is bringing storms and showers to VIC and NSW.
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.