TEHRAN (Tasnim) - The death toll from Cyclone Cempaka hitting Indonesia’s Central Java reached 19 on Wednesday, with four dead from floods and another 15 dead after a landslide. Normally, HMAS Canberra and HMAS Adelaide would be deployed; however, propulsion issues with the two vessels kept them docked for repairs. A mid-level ridge to the east and an approaching trough over the Tasman Sea steered the low generally south. [22], An unexpected turn to the south during the cyclone's final approach to the Queensland coast brought the storm directly on top of Hamilton Island, where no evacuations took place. The body of a 45-year-old man was located at a caravan park at Tweed Valley Way, South Murwillumbah in New South Wales just after 1.30pm on Saturday. Police are investigating the man’s death and will prepare a report of the coroner. [41] Total economic losses reached A$3.5 billion (US$2.67 billion). [21] Former Deputy Leader of Australian Greens, Adam Bandt, was criticised by the conservative government's Federal Energy Minister for suggesting that construction of new coal plants would cause climate change, and hence increase the intensity of extreme weather events like Cyclone Debbie. Highway access from Townsville was restored after the road was blocked at the height of … Residents moved from two Victorian care centres as COVID-19 death toll climbs. One particular bird, later nicknamed Debbie, was found stripped of its feathers by Townsville Bulletin photographer Alix Sweeney and rescued as the cyclone's eye passed through. [1] In addition, a total of eight deaths were reported throughout Queensland. The death toll ftrom ex-cyclone Debbie now stands at four, and is expected to rise. Warning ‘Debbie’s not done yet’ as death toll rises. [36] Multiple sections of the Bruce Highway between Townsville and Mackay were submerged by floodwaters, prompting its closure. [48] The insurance claims reached NZ$91.5 million (US$63.8 million). [31][32], Inclement weather and evacuations associated with the cyclone were blamed for a fatal car accident near Proserpine on 27 March, where one person died on-scene whilst two others were hospitalised. Cyclone Debbie made landfall between Bowen and Airlie Beach in Queensland as a category four storm, whipping gusts of up to 263km/h (163mph). [18] The Royal Australian Air Force put transport aircraft on standby at Townsville, RAAF Base Amberley and RAAF Base Darwin. [33][34] A man in Proserpine also suffered an injury and was hospitalised after a wall collapsed on him on 28 March. Cyclone death toll in Australia at least 6 after bodies recovered under car. 35% of all sugarcane in the Proserpine region and 20% of all sugarcane in the Mackay region were damaged, costing A$50 million (US$38.2 million) and A$81 million (US$61.8 million) respectively. [12] Approximately 5,500 people in the Bowen area were also urged to leave. Late on 27 March, just over 12 hours prior to landfall, 25,000 residents in low-lying areas of Mackay were ordered to evacuate. [2], On 22 March 2017, a well-defined but weak area of low pressure developed over the Coral Sea, near the Louisiade Archipelago of Papua New Guinea. Five people have died in separate incidents during the flooding. The overall cost of Cyclone Debbie. [3] With environmental conditions forecast to improve and favour cyclogenesis, the Australian Bureau of Meteorology's (BOM) Tropical Cyclone Warning Centre in Brisbane classified the system as a tropical low. Cyclone Debbie, a Category 4 storm, one short of the most powerful level five, pounded Australia's Queensland state last week, smashing tourist resorts, bringing down power lines and shutting down coal mines. [37] The ex-tropical cyclone went on to cause damage further south, particularly around the Logan and Albert Rivers, flooding infrastructure such as the Beenleigh railway station and resulting in the death of a 77-year-old man in Eagleby. msn back to msn home news. There are fears ex-tropical Cyclone­ Debbie’s death toll may rise to 12, as authorities continue the search for three men who went missing last week in southeast Queensland’s flash floods. A damaged building is seen behind a boat that was pushed onto a bank by Cyclone Debbie in the township of Airlie Beach, located south of the … [27], Debbie was the only name from the 2016-2017 season to be retired by the Bureau of Meteorology, It was replaced by Dara in mid-2018. [1] The remnants of Debbie brought heavy rainfall—torrential rains in many areas—that resulted in flooding in large parts of the land areas across which it tracked, before moving out over the Pacific Ocean on Friday 31 March. It is a priority for CBC to create a website that is accessible to all Canadians including people with visual, hearing, motor and cognitive challenges. Debbie weakened below tropical cyclone strength around 3:00am AEST on Wednesday, 29th March. A German tourist has died in a fatal crash as a result of wild weather building during Cyclone Debbie. At least 6 people have now died in the floods in northern areas of New South Wales after heavy rainfall in the wake of ex Cyclone Debbie. Stranded whales rescued in Tas. [43] This triggered heavy rainfall in the Northern Rivers and led to significant flooding in the Tweed, Lismore, Byron, Richmond Valley, Kyogle and Ballina local government areas. Death toll from India building collapse jumps to 20. A second major arterial road was blocked by a landslip. The incident occurred near the town of Prospering in the Whitsunday Region just before 8am when two cars collided head-on at an intersection. [1] After that, the Dvorak intensity given that the storm weakened slightly. [35], Torrential rains—described by the BOM as "phenomenal"[36]—affected large portions of Queensland, particularly in the Pioneer Basin. [20], A flock of cockatoos was caught in the storm near Airlie Beach, and many died while clinging to tree branches. [6] High sea surface temperatures of 29–30 °C (84–86 °F) and excellent dual-channel outflow fuelled rapid consolidation on 24 March. [16] The Royal Australian Navy landing ship HMAS Choules set sail from Sydney to Queensland to support post-storm recovery. With the storm potentially coinciding with high tide, it was estimated that water rise in some areas could potentially exceed 7 m (23 ft). [23] Damage was reported on the Whitsunday Islands, as strong winds lifted some roofs from houses; on Hamilton Island, sustained winds reached 191 km/h (119 mph) with gusts up to 263 km/h (163 mph) around 10:28 a.m. local time on 28 March. WHAT IS THE DEATH TOLL? CBC's Journalistic Standards and Practices. Locals walk through a flooded street in the northern New South Wales town of Lismore, Australia, April 1, 2017 after heavy rains associated with Cyclone Debbie swelled rivers to record heights across the region. - Queensland -. [1], Major storm surge was seen as one of the most dangerous factors associated with the approaching cyclone. Cyclone Debbie’s devastation over Queensland: aerial footage. According to ‘The Courier’, police confirmed the death of a 31-year old female… Severe Tropical Cyclone Debbie in 2017 was the strongest tropical cyclone to strike Queensland since Marcia in 2015, and was the costliest tropical cyclone in Australia since Yasi in 2011. Many tied boats to their fenceposts and spent Monday building a temporary levee to protect the city's north. Five people have died so far, as ex-Tropical Cyclone Debbie continues to wreak havoc. The wild weather then swept down the eastern seaboard, dumping heavy rainfall that led to flooding across southeast Queensland and northern NSW. News Corp, wires The West Australian. [7], A scatterometer pass at 11:56 UTC revealed surface winds of up to 75 km/h (45 mph) and subsequent satellite intensity estimates supported gale-intensity, and the JTWC accordingly classified the system as Tropical Cyclone 13P by 21:00 UTC. Strong wind shear aloft kept the accompanying convection poorly organised and displaced west of the surface circulation. [1] The tropical low then executed a long turn to the southeast, and proceeded towards South East Queensland, moving roughly parallel to the coast. [20], There was criticism of the intense coverage of the cyclone by commercial TV media, including some unsafe actions by reporters. This prompted the United States-based Joint Typhoon Warning Center (JTWC) to issue a Tropical Cyclone Formation Alert, indicating the system was likely to acquire gale-force winds within 24 hours. [26] Power outages affected at least 63,000 properties across Queensland, and numerous trees were uprooted during the storm, with some crashing onto homes. web search. AS THE mammoth clean-up in the aftermath of Cyclone Debbie gets under way, some of Australia’s most iconic tourist destinations face the longest road to recovery. The cyclone is the worst to hit Queensland since Yasi six years ago, and Debbie's might was on full display on Hamilton Island, where wind gusts of 250km/h shook cyclone-proof buildings. [1] Afterwards, Debbie rapidly weakened into a tropical low by late 28 March, but continued to travel south, causing significant damage and flooding in the populous areas of South East Queensland and Northern Rivers. The township of Edgecumbe in the Bay of Plenty region was evacuated on April 6 due to flooding, and a state of emergency declared. THE young family whose car careered into the swollen Tweed River, northern NSW yesterday have been identified. [42], A week after becoming extratropical, the remnants of Cyclone Debbie passed over New Zealand, causing flash flooding over many areas. Mid This article has been rated as Mid-importance on the project's importance scale. [1] The system was downgraded to Category 1 in the early hours of 29 March local time, and then weakened further to a tropical low six few hours afterwards. [14] A total of 1,000 emergency personnel and more than 200 Energex workers were deployed to the region to assist with Ergon Energy's preparations and clean up operations. The worst of the weather is now over with category four Cyclone Debbie moving out to sea on Saturday, with a massive clean-up underway. Australian police on Tuesday recovered three bodies from a car beneath floodwaters in the swollen Tweed River of New South Wales state, bringing to six the number of people killed since the storm hit. Residents of Rockhampton, in central Queensland, were advised to seek higher ground as the rising Fitzroy River approaches a peak forecast for Thursday. The tail-end of powerful Cyclone Debbie, which left a trail of destruction in northeast Australia, lashed New Zealand on Tuesday, closing highways and causing a major landslip. Forming as a tropical low on 23 March, the low gradually intensified to a named tropical cyclone on 26 March. The story of Debbie became a viral headline. [8] The BOM followed suit soon thereafter, classifying the system as a Category 1 tropical cyclone on the Australian cyclone intensity scale at 00:00 UTC on 25 March. Cyclone Debbie: Death toll rises and three people missing after NSW and Queensland floods. With exceptionally favourable environmental conditions ahead of the storm, the agency noted a high probability for rapid deepening before landfall in Queensland. Cyclone Debbie is expected to strengthen into a Category 4. [40] Insured losses across Australia reached A$1.65 billion (US$1.26 billion), with 73,000 damage claims being filed. [15][11], The Australian Defence Force formed Joint Task Force 661, dubbed "Operation Queensland Assist", to provide assistance with aeromedical evacuation, search and rescue, road clearance, restoration of essential services, emergency accommodation and the delivery of stores if required. The Insurance Council of Australia has declared the event a catastrophe, which could cost hundreds of millions of dollars in losses, and state officials have warned recovery and repairs will take months. [38], Damage to Queensland's sugar industry is expected to cost A$150 million (US$114.5 million). The cyclone weakened below severe tropical cyclone status while passing Collinsville at 12:00 UTC on 28 March. North Queensland Bulk Ports closed the ports at Mackay, Abbot Point and Hay Point. The remnant low then turned southeast, and produced a broad swathe of damaging winds and torrential rainfall from central Queensland to the southeast. New Zealand's Civil Defence Force was on standby as other roads were also closed and at least one school was evacuated amid early flooding. Five people are dead, at least three people are missing with grave fears held for their safety, and tens of thousands of evacuated residents remain unable to return to their homes as Cyclone Debbie’s torrential aftermath continues to reap its harvest of destruction. New Zealand's mountainous terrain makes its roads susceptible to landslides and many regions are still recovering from a 7.8 magnitude quake that struck in November, causing substantial damage to infrastructure. A woman drowned in floodwaters at a rural property south of Murwillumbah, while the Pacific Motorway was cut off by floodwaters at Chinderah. [24][25] Winds in excess of 100 km/h (62 mph) battered the island for more than 24 hours. [11] Across Queensland, more than 400 schools and education centres were closed. [20] West of Mackay, the Kinchant and Middle Creek dams overflowed, prompting additional evacuation of residents. DEATH TOLL. [46], On 3 April, a mother and two of her children drowned when their car plunged into the flooded Tweed River at Tumbulgum. [27] Major damage was reported across Bowen, where most homes had been built before stricter building codes were enforced. Afterwards, Debbie rapidly weakened into a tropical low by late 28 March, bu… The rain also caused flooding in parts of Queensland, initially along the Whitsunday coast and later in south-eastern parts of the state. [13] All flights at Townsville Airport, Proserpine/Whitsunday Coast Airport, Mackay Airport, Hamilton Island Airport and Moranbah Airport were cancelled from 27 March,[11] and Queensland Rail suspended train services between Rockhampton and Townsville. Forming as a tropical low on 23 March, the low gradually intensified to a named tropical cyclone on 26 March. [27] Attempts were made to evacuate residents from the island; however, ships were unable to dock as the jetty was destroyed. [44] New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian declared the regions as disaster zones, thus enabling the residents to access disaster assistance funding. After steadily strengthening offshore to a Category 4 system, Debbie eventually made landfall near Airlie Beach, at 12:40 AEST on 28 March. After attaining that strength, Debbie assumed a generally southwestwards track—a track it would maintain, with minor fluctuations, until about 14 hours after landfall. [1] After a day-long period of arrested development, environmental conditions became highly favourable for renewed intensification. But it was one of the largest, and its legacy was still wreaking havoc on … The majority of these costs lie in Proserpine and Mackay. This makes Debbie the deadliest cyclone to hit Australia since Fifi in 1991. [47] In total, Debbie killed six people in New South Wales. Audience Relations, CBC P.O. After steadily strengthening offshore to a Category 4 system, Debbie eventually made landfall near Airlie Beach, at 12:40 AESTon 28 March. The death toll in Australia continues to rise in the wake of Cyclone Debbie, as affected areas enter a "critical phase". [4] Throughout the following day, decreasing shear enabled convection to wrap around the low;[5] however, convective activity remained largely transient. 4 April, 2017 by Richard Davies in Australia, New Zealand and Oceania, News. The death toll from the floods rose to four following the discovery of the bodies of two men. [11] Residents in low-lying areas across Bowen, Proserpine and Airlie Beach were ordered to evacuate their homes. [17] Three MRH-90 helicopters from HMAS Albatross were also deployed to Queensland. 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