Going through one cyclone can be quite devastating, but Australia is now seeing its second such storm in recent days.
The first of the storms, what was once Tropical Cyclone Seth, powered through parts of the country recently, bringing heavy downpours and thunderstorms. This resulted in scores of missing people including a 14-year-old girl and at least one fatality. Hundreds have been evacuated, according to reports.
As a result of Seth, hundreds of millimeters of rain has fell in parts of Queensland over the past several days, with major flood warnings for the Mary River, according to Australia’s Bureau of Meteorology. RACQ LifeFlight Rescue Helicopters had been involved in more than 10 flood-related incidents through the weekend.
Queensland’s wild summer of weather has rolled on with tropical cyclone Tiffany making landfall. As residents continue cleaning up from a devastating flood emergency, incredible stories of survival are emerging. 7NEWS at 6pm | https://t.co/EQQlP4t27T #7NEWS pic.twitter.com/mPLK7LFyCo
— 7NEWS Melbourne (@7NewsMelbourne) January 10, 2022
The first casualty from the flooding was verified to be a 22-year-old Sunshine Coast man. It occurred after his vehicle became submerged in floodwaters in Kanigan, north of Brisbane, Friday evening.
Meanwhile, a 40-year-old man was retrieved from his car safely after being swept away Saturday morning in Booubyjan, located in Queensland’s southeastern end. According to local media, he and a 14-year-old girl were able to get out of the car before it was caught up in floodwaters near Burnett Highway and Murgon Gayndah Road. While the man was discovered hanging onto a tree, the girl remains missing, police said.
After heavy rain brought on by Tropical Cyclone Seth last week, a damaged levee system failed which caused water to inundate downtown Maryborough, Queensland.
FCR Council⚠️URGENT – All premises within Maryborough CBD have to be evacuated. The gates underneath the recently installed levee have been damaged and, as a result, the CBD will now bear the full impact of the flood. We urge people to stay out of the CBD.https://t.co/CelR8Cnetv pic.twitter.com/rpmvPD748Q
— Queensland Police (@QldPolice) January 9, 2022
As if the flood waters were not enough, a video showed the fin of a bull shark swimming through the waters at one of the city’s parks.
“I do want to remind people about the dangers of floodwaters,” said Queensland Fire and Emergency Services Commissioner Mike Wassing. “We’ve had the shark in the park, some venemous snakes in trees, we’ve got contaminated water, you’ve seen what can occur with roads in the local areas and how dangerous that is.”
But the trouble is far from over, however.
Tropical #CycloneTiffany made landfall in far north QLD this morning, the first cyclone to make landfall in mainland Australia this season. Tiffany will soon traverse the Gulf of Carpentaria and may become the first severe tropical cyclone on record to hit Groote Eylandt. pic.twitter.com/tUQrLhnYxB
— Ben Domensino (@Ben_Domensino) January 10, 2022
Cyclone Tiffany will be the 2nd cyclone in days to hit Australia
The widespread flooding comes as the northern sections of Australia are now dealing with Tropical Cyclone Tiffany. As of early Monday morning local time, Tiffany is a Category 2 storm on the Australian Tropical Cyclone Intensity Scale as it approaches the far northern coast of Queensland.
This morning, we thought we’d take a look at the other side of the world via some Air Mass imagery, courtesy of Japan’s #Himawari8 🛰️.
We can see two cyclones, #Tiffany and #Cody, have formed near Australia and Vanuatu, respectively.
— NOAA Satellites (@NOAASatellites) January 10, 2022
Landfall is expected soon between Cooktown and Lockhart River, with the timing dependent on whether the storm moves south or north of Cape Melville. A cyclone warning extends across the Cape York Peninsula.
At the present, it is packing sustained winds near the centre of 95 km/h with wind gusts reaching 130 km/h.
We see very interesting significant #weather for #Australia: #Cyclone #Tiffany moves towards #Darwin. Heat with over 45 °C close to #Perth. And heavy rains with up to almost 80 mm around #Canberra. #StaySafe and be prepared and follow official warnings. #CycloneTiffany pic.twitter.com/eVtu1r8KyF
— ASKMeteo (@ASKMeteo) January 10, 2022
In addition to the potentially damaging winds, heavy downpours are occurring in the warning area. The deluge is expected to continue through Monday and into Tuesday as the system moves across the Cape York Peninsula. Widespread 24-hour totals of 100-150 mm are anticipated, with isolated amounts of 200-250 mm on the table.
Despite another cyclone pushing through, Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk stated all agencies were “well prepared” for Tiffany. “To all of the residents in those areas – please be on the lookout. We’ll be keeping a very close eye on that,” said Palaszczuk. [Accuweather, Weather Network]
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