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Tropical Cyclone Marcia Satellite Image

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Tropical Cyclone Marcia Infrared Satellite Image
Tropical Cyclone Marcia Satellite Image

Tropical Cyclone Marcia Satellite Image

A very distinct eye exists on the Tropical Cyclone Marcia prior to entering the coastline! The tropical cyclone achieved the highest category - category 5. It seems that the damage sustained thus far was more of a category 3 level but not much is know about the damage within the national parks north of Yeppoon.

What makes the situation in Queensland unusual was that another tropical cyclone, Tropical Cyclone Lam was also intensifying and ready to move into the Arnhem Land district as a category four tropical cyclone. Reports of damage in this vicinity is also significant!

Another feature for Tropical Cyclone Marcia is that the rapid intensification occurred overnight which although not impossible is not so common. Below is an infrared image of the tropical cyclone.

Tropical Cyclone Marcia  Infrared Satellite Image

Tropical Cyclone Marcia Infrared Satellite Image

Tropical Cyclone Marcia May reach a Category 5 storm

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Tropical Cyclone Marcia May reach a Category 5 storm 4
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Tropical Cyclone Marcia Category 5

 

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Tropical Cyclone Lam Category 4 heading for the Northern Territory

 
27381The Bureau of Meteorology has revised its forecast for Tropical Cyclone Marcia which is currently off the Central Queensland coast. The forecast has been revised in which it is expected that the storm may reach a Category 5 system before it crosses the coast.

The Bureau forecast model suggests that the storm should track south west and cross the coast somewhere between Mackay in the north and Gladstone to the south. Such a landfall would place the regional city of Rockhampton and the smaller centre of Yeppoon at risk.

The storm has potential to cause disruption to the region. This is already a strong storm and a weather station well off the coast close to the eye wall being Creal Reef recorded peak wind gusts of 189 km/h between 6.07 pm and 6.14 pm. In additional the lowest pressure recorded was 977.4 hectopascals.

This shows that this is a significant storm capable of causing considerable damage.

Tropical Cyclone Lam Northern Territory and Marcia Queensland 19th February 2015

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Tropical cyclone Lam Marcia 19th February 2015
Tropical cyclone Lam Marcia 19th February 2015

Tropical cyclone Lam Marcia 19th February 2015

Update: Two tropical cyclones were in Queensland and Northern Territory waters simultaneously.

Not a very common occurrence with not one but two strong tropical cyclones simultaneously nearby! Warnings are in effect for Tropical cyclone Lam in the Gulf of Carpentaria and Tropical Cyckone Marcia heading for southeast Queensland. Based on population and trajectory, Tropical Cyclone Marcia is expected to dump phenomenal rainfall amounts over mostly a two day period with falls of 500mm not out of the question! The region has lacked a real wet season with only a couple of episodes proving some heavy rainfall during the season in parts of Queensland.

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