[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. [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. Cyclone Debbie Victims Assistance. [1] After that, the Dvorak intensity given that the storm weakened slightly. Normally, HMAS Canberra and HMAS Adelaide would be deployed; however, propulsion issues with the two vessels kept them docked for repairs. 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[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. [12] Approximately 5,500 people in the Bowen area were also urged to leave. 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. In February 2009, the Black Saturday disaster killed 173 people near Melbourne, highlighting Australia's terrible relationship with fire. 16 - 23 December 2003 Summary. [45] Two more people were confirmed to have drowned in floodwaters on 1 April, another south of Murwillumbah and one at Gungal. [48] The insurance claims reached NZ$91.5 million (US$63.8 million). Miraculously, only one serious injury was reported last nig… But vulnerabilities have also been exposed more recently. 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. The story of Debbie became a viral headline. Where people are affected multiple times they you get this more endemic psychological stresses that don't recover. [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. "People make decisions based on their emotions, not on their knowledge. [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. 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. 2017's severe tropical cyclone Debbie in review. Tropical Australia typically experiences about five cyclones, usually between November and April. [1] After a day-long period of arrested development, environmental conditions became highly favourable for renewed intensification. 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.". The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Cyclone Debbie, a 'monster' category four storm, landed near Airlie Beach in Queensland. [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. [6] High sea surface temperatures of 29–30 °C (84–86 °F) and excellent dual-channel outflow fuelled rapid consolidation on 24 March. Forming as a tropical low on 23 March, the low gradually intensified to a named tropical cyclone on 26 March. Despite the ongoing threat of bushfires, BNHCRC research has shown that many Australians either don't properly prepare, or have an emergency plan that is "pretty flaky at times", according to Mr Thornton. he said. 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. The township of Edgecumbe in the Bay of Plenty region was evacuated on April 6 due to flooding, and a state of emergency declared. With exceptionally favourable environmental conditions ahead of the storm, the agency noted a high probability for rapid deepening before landfall in Queensland. VideoThe biggest selling single of all time. "One of the most important things is to be able to help to calm people very early on in the process," he said. Records show about 66 people were killed, while iconic images captured a city in ruins. • Debbie had the highest ever recorded windspeed in Queensland, 263km/h at Hamilton Island (Caldwell, 2017; BoM 2017). Cyclone Debbie is expected to have more severe winds than Cyclone Yasi did in 2011, ... with the male driver unhurt and a second passenger receiving only minor injuries. [44] New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian declared the regions as disaster zones, thus enabling the residents to access disaster assistance funding. 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