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Trevor to threaten Northern Territory after causing damage, flooding and power cuts in Cape York

By Eric Leister, AccuWeather senior meteorologist
March 21, 2019, 4:15:58 AM EDT


Tropical Cyclone Trevor made landfall on the Cape York Peninsula on Tuesday causing damage to homes, power cuts and flooding.

Trevor quickly strengthened into a Category 3 tropical cyclone by Monday night with winds equivalent to a Category 2 hurricane in the Atlantic and northern Pacific oceans.

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Radar image showing heavy rainfall from Trevor across Cape York early Thursday morning, local time.

Trevor maintained its strength as it made landfall just south of the town of Lockhart River at 4:55 p.m. local time on Tuesday as a Category 3 tropical cyclone.

Lockhart River reported a peak wind gust of 133 km/h (83 mph) as the storm made landfall. Rainfall in excess of 300 mm (12 inches) was reported in 24 hours in the town.

The town reported a total lose of power following the storm along with damage to homes and other buildings.

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Trevor brought more flooding and damage as it tracked westward across Cape York on Wednesday.

The entire community of Coen was without power on Wednesday and power outages were also reported in Aurukun as Trevor approached the coastal community on Wednesday night.

After affecting the Cape York Peninsula, Trevor has now entered the Gulf of Carpentaria. The cyclone will then target northeastern parts of the Northern Territory with flooding rain and strong winds from late Friday into this weekend.

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Trevor is expected to restrengthen significantly once in the Gulf of Carpentaria, reaching Category 4 strength (equivalent to a Category 3 or 4 hurricane). The potential exists for Trevor to reach Category 5 strength prior to reaching the coast of Northern Territory.

As Trevor strengthens over the Gulf of Carpentaria, seas will become increasingly dangerous from Thursday into Friday.

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People in locations from Nhulubuy to the Pellet Islands should closely monitor the track of Trevor in the coming days and make preparations ahead of the storm's arrival.

Conditions will deteriorate late Friday into Friday night as the dangerous tropical cyclone approaches the coast of Northern Territory.

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Landfall is most likely to occur on Saturday as Trevor remains a large and life-threatening tropical cyclone.

Impacts ranging from storm surge flooding to damaging winds, flooding, power cuts and travel shutdowns are all possible from Friday night into Sunday.

A continued track toward the southwest will take Trevor inland across northern parts of the Northern Territory this weekend, causing the storm to weaken dramatically. However, flooding rainfall and mudslides will remain concerns.

Elsewhere, Tropical Cyclone Vernoica has formed to the north of Western Australia and is projected to continue to strengthen in the coming days.

A track toward the south is possible which would bring the risk for flooding and damaging winds to areas from Karratha to Exmouth as early as Saturday.

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