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Tropical Cyclone Trevor makes landfall

Scott Morris, Saturday March 23, 2019 - 13:13 AEDT

Today, at about 1pm AEST, Tropical Cyclone Trevor crossed the coastal boundary in the far east of the Rope-Mcarthur district in the Northern Territory.

At 10am TC Trevor was boasting sustained winds of 165km/hr and wind gusts of 230km/h near its centre and was moving southwest at approximately 13km/h. It was estimated to be 140km east of Borroloola at this time. The central pressure of TC Trevor is 955hPa.

The winds produced by TC Trevor are classified as very destructive by the Bureau of Meteorology, which have the potential to cause widespread power failures and significant structural damage to buildings. At 10am, Centre Island, just off the coast of far western parts of the Northern Territory, recorded a wind gust of 139 km/h. Borroloola, just inland of Centre Island had an 80km/h wind gust at 11am.

While Centre Island has received just 17mm of rain since 9am this morning, across the NT/QLD border at Mornington Island Airport has had 26mm of rain. The worst is still to come as over 80mm of rain is forecast to fall at Borroloola this afternoon/evening. Along with rainfall, thunderstorms have developed over the region.

Among the wind, the rain and thunderstorms, significant waves can be produced by such a system. Currently, waves caused by the destructive winds are reaching a staggering 8m at some parts along the coast.

Fortunately, this system is looking to weaken to a Category 2 cyclone by 11pm this evening and weaken further to Tropical Low status by tomorrow morning as it turns its direction eastward. However, heavy rainfall and wind is still likely for the next couple of days for places in TC Trevor's path.

For more information and updates about Tropical Cyclone Trevor, check the Cyclone Warning Services provided by the Bureau of Meteorology:

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