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.
Thousands of north Queenslanders are being evacuated as Cyclone Debbie bears down on the coast, bringing winds of up to 230 kilometres per hour and possibly a four-metre storm surge.
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.
Cyclone Debbie: Calm before the storm as north Queensland farmers prepare for possible category four system
North Queensland farmers have awoken to relatively normal weather conditions ahead of Cyclone Debbie which is expected to cross the coastline later today.