Cyclone Debbie in News

In Australia, a land of wild extremes, recent flooding caused by Cyclone Debbie has killed at least six people.

Severe Tropical Cyclone Debbie in 2017 was the strongest tropical cyclone in the Australian region since Cyclone Quang in 2015.

Cyclone Debbie was branded the most dangerous cyclone to impact Queensland since Cyclone Yasi in 2011.

Forming as a tropical low on 23 March, the low gradually intensified to a named tropical cyclone on 26 March. After steadily strengthening offshore to a Category 4 system, Debbie eventually made landfall near Airlie Beach, just north of Proserpine, on 28 March.

Afterwards, Debbie rapidly weakened into a tropical low by late on 28 March, but continued to travel south, causing significant damage and flooding in the populous areas of South East Queensland and Northern Rivers.

In total, the storm killed at least twelve people in Australia, primarily as a result of extreme flooding. This makes Debbie the deadliest cyclone to hit Australia since Cyclone Tracy in 1974.