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Archive for February 15th, 2011

Australia: Cyclone Warning for Darwin

Posted by feww on February 15, 2011

Cyclone warning for Darwin and the Top End, BOM Australia says

Up to 24cm of rain fell at Dum-in-Mirrie, near Darwin, in the 24 hours to 9:00am local time Tuesday, while 17cm  fell in the Darwin suburb of Marrara as the tropical low moved over the Top End.

Source: AUST BOM. Click image to enlarge.

A tropical low located about 85km SW of Darwin at 5:00pm (ACDT) could develop into a tropical cyclone by Wednesday, and is forecast to move into the Beagle Gulf, BOM said.

“Gales with gusts to 110 kilometres per hour are expected to develop between Daly River Mouth and Point Stuart, including Darwin and the Tiwi Islands, during Wednesday.”

“Destructive winds with gusts to 130 kilometres per hour may develop over the Tiwi Islands late Thursday if the cyclone continues to intensify.

“Heavy rain may cause widespread flooding in the northern Darwin-Daly District.” BOM said.

NO Visitors!

Just when you thought it was safe to go to the Northern Territory Wildlife Park and the Darwin Botanic Gardens, the two venues have been declared unsafe due to the wild weather and are closed to visitors.

Details for: Tropical Low 1

Details for: Tropical Low 2

Australia: Wild Weather WARNINGS

Australia 24-hr Rainfall Map

Australia Flood Map

Source: BOM Australia

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BINGIZA Pummels N. Madagascar

Posted by feww on February 15, 2011

Cyclone BINGIZA captured by AIRS on AQUA Satellite

Cyclone Bingiza.  An infrared satellite image of Cyclone Bingiza dated Feb. 14 at 10:23 UTC (5:23 a.m. EST) shows the storm covering  northern Madagascar. ” Although the storm is still at hurricane strength, no eye is visible in this infrared image. Strongest thunderstorms and coldest (-63F/-52C), highest cloud tops appear in purple. Bingiza is moving west and entering the Mozambique Channel.” Source: NASA/JPL

Full extent of the damage caused by Cyclone BINGIZA is not yet known.

“‘We expect this to be a Type 2 emergency, with over 100,000 people affected by wind damage and/or flooding, and over 30,000 severely affected,’ CARE International, an NGO focusing on poverty eradication, said in an emergency alert.” Said a report.

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