Thousands Evacuated By Plane From Cyclone Trevor's Path
Thousands of people have been evacuated from the path of severe Tropical Cyclone Trevor.
More than 1000 residents have left Groot Eylandt, the largest island of the Gulf of Carpentaria and Numbulwar, a town on the Territory's north-eastern coast.
Another 1000 people have been moved from Borroloola, McArthur River zinc mine, Robinson River and other areas along the Gulf of Carpentaria coast.
The evacuations are the largest of their kind in Northern Territory history.
The severity of the storm and the remoteness of the communities led to the decision to evacuate. Australian Defence Force aircraft are being used to airlift people to safety. Others are driving from their homes to evacuation centres in Darwin and Katherine where people can sleep and access power and water.
Buses, helicopters, ferries and planes have also been used to move as many people as possible out of the path of the cyclone. Winds and dangerous weather from Trevor are expected to reach as far as Alice Springs and Tennant Creek in the Northern Territory and Mount Isa in western Queensland.
Authorities are trying to communicate with indigenous people in their native languages.
Emergency services are urging people to leave immediately. As the storm gets closer, roads will be closed, preventing any last-minute evacuations.
A state of emergency was declared in the NT on Thursday as the storm barrels towards the coast, intensifying with every kilometre gained. Trevor is currently a category-three storm but will increase rapidly to a category four before making landfall on Saturday.
There are wind warnings in place with gales expected to develop to 120 km/h by the weekend. The very destructive core of Trevor is expected to thrust winds of 275 km/h into the land as it passes over the coast.
Heavy rainfall is also expected which will fall onto the arid, drought-affected land. It's unlikely most of the water will be absorbed into the ground due to its very dry nature, consequently causing flash flooding and stream rises.
A Flood Watch has been issued for Carpentaria Coastal Rivers and the Barkly in the Northern Territory.
Flood warnings are also in place in Queensland for the Daintree and Mossman Rivers as well as the catchments north of Innisfail to Kowanyama.
On the north Western Australian coast severe Tropical Cyclone Veronica is approaching the coast. The category four storm is currently moving in a southern direction towards the Pilbara coast and is expected to make landfall on the weekend.
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