Learn more. [20], A flock of cockatoos was caught in the storm near Airlie Beach, and many died while clinging to tree branches. Add More Later 50 likes. The story of Debbie became a viral headline. [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. A week later, floods had claimed at least six lives as the storm lashed a 1,200km (745 miles) stretch of coast down to northern New South Wales. [38], Damage to Queensland's sugar industry is expected to cost A$150 million (US$114.5 million). Debbie formed on 18 December in the Arafura Sea, within 250 kilometres of the northern Australian coast.Debbie tracked southwest, intensifying to severe tropical cyclone strength early on 20 December. The Australian Institute for Disaster Resilience recently launched a new "knowledge hub" to help Australians prepare for the worst. That all changed on 23 March, 2017 when Cyclone Debbie, the first cyclone of 2017, was named and was tracking, moving slowly, with Coastal Communities from Cardwell to St Lawrence and their respective Local Governments preparing for the worst. Severe Tropical Cyclone Debbie in 2017 was the strongest tropical cyclone to strike Queensland since Nathan in 2015, and was the costliest tropical cyclone in Australia since Yasi in 2011.Forming as a tropical low on 23 March, the low gradually intensified to a named tropical cyclone on 26 March. "With climate change we are seeing increased ferocity and frequency of these sorts of events. [47] In total, Debbie killed six people in New South Wales. Of course, many lessons were learnt. [28] Approximately 300 people, primarily tourists, on Daydream Island were left stranded and in dire need of supplies. The majority of these costs lie in Proserpine and Mackay. [1] In addition, a total of eight deaths were reported throughout Queensland. "The challenge with major natural hazards and disasters is that people remember them in the immediate aftermath of an event and as time goes on they tend to forget sometimes what it was like.". [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. [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. But vulnerabilities have also been exposed more recently. "There is a degree of luck about these big cyclones," explained Richard Thornton, head of the Bushfire and Natural Hazards Cooperative Research Centre (BNHCRC). This makes Debbie the deadliest cyclone to hit Australia since Fifi in 1991. [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. [1] In total, the storm caused A$3.5 billion (US$2.67 billion) in damage and fourteen deaths across Australia, primarily as a result of extreme flooding. With the storm potentially coinciding with high tide, it was estimated that water rise in some areas could potentially exceed 7 m (23 ft). Read about our approach to external linking. Cyclone Debbie: thousands of people have been evacuated after the storm cell closed in on north Queensland. The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. .css-orcmk8-HeadlineContainer{display:-webkit-box;display:-webkit-flex;display:-ms-flexbox;display:flex;-webkit-box-pack:justify;-webkit-justify-content:space-between;-ms-flex-pack:justify;justify-content:space-between;}Queen's Christmas speech: 'You are not alone'.css-1dedj2h-Rank{-webkit-align-self:center;-ms-flex-item-align:center;align-self:center;color:#B80000;margin-left:3.125rem;}1, Nashville explosion: Camper van blows up in 'intentional act'2, Brexit: EU diplomats briefed on Brexit trade deal3, Australian expeditioner evacuated from Antarctica in five-day mission4, Russian historian jailed for dismembering partner5, Boko Haram kill villagers in Christmas Eve attack6, Michael Jackson: Neverland Ranch 'sold to billionaire for $22m'7, Brexit: What you need to know about the UK leaving the EU8, Covid: Millions of Americans face unemployment benefits lapse9, Brexit: Selling it as a big win on both sides of the Channel10. • Cyclone Debbie was the most powerful storm to make landfall in Queensland (QLD) since Cyclone Yasi in 2011 (NASA, 2017). "You can't expect someone else to do it for you.". Bob Cooper, an outback survival instructor based near Perth, recommends meticulous preparation for residents staring at potential disaster. Late on 27 March, just over 12 hours prior to landfall, 25,000 residents in low-lying areas of Mackay were ordered to evacuate. VideoThe biggest selling single of all time. That is not going to go away. [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. After attaining that strength, Debbie assumed a generally southwestwards track—a track it would maintain, with minor fluctuations, until about 14 hours after landfall. [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. [46], On 3 April, a mother and two of her children drowned when their car plunged into the flooded Tweed River at Tumbulgum. [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. [41] Total economic losses reached A$3.5 billion (US$2.67 billion). Nonetheless, the cyclone weakened to Category 3 before making landfall in Airlie Beach at 02:40 UTC with winds of 150 km/h (90 mph). "We know we will have another cyclone like Debbie or we'll have another day as bad as Black Saturday, so what do we need to do to prepare for those inevitable events?" Wind gust observations include: - 262 km/h at Hamilton Island airport at 10:30 am. With exceptionally favourable environmental conditions ahead of the storm, the agency noted a high probability for rapid deepening before landfall in Queensland. DEBBIE the bush cockatoo, saved in cyclone-devastated forest at Airlie Beach on Tuesday by Townsville Bulletin photographer Alix Sweeney, has died. People will attempt to do deep-water crossings in fast-flowing water [having] never done it before, and have got no idea what they are doing and turn a mishap into a tragedy.". [4] Throughout the following day, decreasing shear enabled convection to wrap around the low;[5] however, convective activity remained largely transient. he said. Reverend Dr Stephen Robinson, the Uniting Church's national disaster recovery officer, is one person helping those left feeling vulnerable. VideoThe refugees feeding a nation, playThe biggest selling single of all time. [45] Two more people were confirmed to have drowned in floodwaters on 1 April, another south of Murwillumbah and one at Gungal. [26] Power outages affected at least 63,000 properties across Queensland, and numerous trees were uprooted during the storm, with some crashing onto homes. Cyclone Debbie made landfall between Bowen and Airlie Beach as a category four storm, whipping gusts of up to 263km/h (163mph), and is now moving inland as a tropical low storm. Preparation and information invariably save lives when fires rage, levees burst banks or a storm advances. [27] Major damage was reported across Bowen, where most homes had been built before stricter building codes were enforced. [24][25] Winds in excess of 100 km/h (62 mph) battered the island for more than 24 hours. 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At least 90% of homes in the Northern Territory capital were destroyed or badly damaged. Cyclone Debbie Injuries videos and latest news articles; GlobalNews.ca your source for the latest news on Cyclone Debbie Injuries . [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. 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. A BUG that flared up after Tropical Cyclone Debbie still has people recovering months after catching the aggressive illness. [49], Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk pledged A$1,000,000 (US$769,231) to assist the Australian Red Cross Society, Salvation Army, St. Vincent de Paul Society of Queensland, and UnitingCare Community in distributing supplies. [19] The Australian Defence Force's pre-deployment of resources was the largest in the nation's history in advance of a natural disaster;[13] approximately 1,200 personnel were deployed. When Debbie, a category four system, slammed into the Queensland coast 11 days ago, remarkably there were no fatalities in its immediate aftermath and few serious injuries were reported. The FBI is leading the investigation into the blast that left three injured on Christmas morning. Tropical Australia typically experiences about five cyclones, usually between November and April. This aerial photo of Australia and Cyclone Debbie is from the Bureau of Meterology on 28 March 2017. On March 27, 2017, the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite captured this natural-color image of Cyclone Debbie approaching the coast of Queensland, Australia. Howling winds, heavy rain and huge seas pounded Australia's northeast on Tuesday, damaging homes and cutting power to thousands as Tropical Cyclone Debbie tore through the far … "People make decisions based on their emotions, not on their knowledge. - 165 km/h at Proserpine Airport 12:29pm - 148 km/h at Bowen Airport at 12:33pm. Video, Queen's Christmas speech: 'You are not alone', Nashville explosion: Camper van blows up in 'intentional act', Brexit: EU diplomats briefed on Brexit trade deal, Australian expeditioner evacuated from Antarctica in five-day mission, Russian historian jailed for dismembering partner, Boko Haram kill villagers in Christmas Eve attack, Michael Jackson: Neverland Ranch 'sold to billionaire for $22m', Brexit: What you need to know about the UK leaving the EU, Covid: Millions of Americans face unemployment benefits lapse, Brexit: Selling it as a big win on both sides of the Channel. A royal commission, the country's highest form of inquiry, would later recommend sweeping changes to the way officials prepared for and responded to emergencies. Power outages 2017's severe tropical cyclone Debbie in review. [39] Damage to winter crops in the Bowen–Gumlu region reached A$100 million (US$76.4 million). Although an accepted part of life in the nation's north, cyclones can be brutal and surprise communities. [1] The tropical low then executed a long turn to the southeast, and proceeded towards South East Queensland, moving roughly parallel to the coast. While the cyclone … [48] The insurance claims reached NZ$91.5 million (US$63.8 million). [12] Approximately 5,500 people in the Bowen area were also urged to leave. "Underestimating the force of nature is the biggest mistake most people make," he explained. [20], There was criticism of the intense coverage of the cyclone by commercial TV media, including some unsafe actions by reporters. 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. Houses built in storm-prone areas of the Northern Territory since 1975 should be designed to withstand a category four cyclone. VideoRisking lives for Christmas trees, playThe refugees feeding a nation. Debbie passed over the Whitsunday Islands in the morning of 28 March local time with winds of 165 km/h (105 mph), still at Category 4 intensity. • Debbie had the highest ever recorded windspeed in Queensland, 263km/h at Hamilton Island (Caldwell, 2017; BoM 2017). Severe tropical cyclone Debbie made landfall near Airlie Beach on Queensland's Whitsunday coast on Tuesday, 28th March 2017, after crossing the Whitsunday islands as a large and powerful category 4 strength system. 25 - 29 March 2017 Summary. [1] After a day-long period of arrested development, environmental conditions became highly favourable for renewed intensification. 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"The majority of people who die in floods drive into flooded streams and rivers, so we have got to change some of that risk-taking behaviour," Mr Thornton said. Cyclone Debbie is About The Cyclone the People & Events that took place during and after the cyclone. Forming as a tropical low on 23 March, the low gradually intensified to a named tropical cyclone on 26 March. Local coral would be damaged but the stir of … [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. Forty-eight-hour accumulations in the area exceeded 1,000 mm (39 in)—these areas see an average of 1,500 to 2,000 mm (59 to 79 in) of rain per year. CYCLONE DEBBIE: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW • “Monster” cyclone upgraded to Category 4 ... Two people were taken to Proserpine Hospital with minor injuries while one woman died at the scene. [29] Although seemingly in good spirits once the storm cleared,[30] the bird died during the overnight of 29–30 March likely due to internal injuries. Cyclone Debbie Victims Assistance. Only a day after Cyclone Debbie made landfall, Queensland's Fire and Emergency Services Commissioner, Katarina Carroll, said her "biggest concern" was people getting trapped in floodwaters. What happens to your body in extreme heat? Where people are affected multiple times they you get this more endemic psychological stresses that don't recover. [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. Records show about 66 people were killed, while iconic images captured a city in ruins. 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