Severe Cat 4 Cyclone Debbie makes landfall in Queensland, now Cat 3

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Updated 6:48pm -- Severe Category 4 Cyclone Debbie, which was close to Category 5 earlier, has now made landfall in eastern Australia says and has weakened to a Cat 3 storm.

The centre of Debbie moved right over Airlie Beach.

Cyclone Debbie slamming Queensland

Cyclone Debbie remains a powerful Category 4 tropical cyclone and it likely to be this strength and category as it makes landfall in Queensland this afternoon.

Special Weather Video: Cyclone Debbie nears Australia

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In our first weather video of 2017 we bring you a special update on Cyclone Debbie as it now reaches Severe Category 3 and may reach Cat 4.

Head forecaster Philip Duncan takes a look at Debbie's progress over the coming days and also at how it might affect the rain and weather patterns around both eastern Australia and New Zealand as we head into April.

Cyclone Debbie reaches "severe" Category 3

Cyclone Debbie continues to move towards Queensland on Monday with landfall still likely on Tuesday. says the storm hasn't strengthened very much overnight but in the past hour Australian authorities have lifted it to a Cat 3 storm which makes it severe.

Australia - Cyclone Debbie may reach Cat 4 (+ Maps)

Queenslanders are on high alert as Cyclone Debbie north west of New Zealand continues to intensify and head directly towards the Sunshine State.  

Queensland braces for Tropical Cyclone Debbie (+Track Maps)

Tropical Cyclone Debbie is strengthening quickly on its journey to make landfall, likely between Lucinda and Proserpine on Monday or Tuesday.

Today, winds are already picking up along the Queensland Coast, with a strong wind warning in place for the Townsville and Mackay Coasts. 

Australia: Sydney's sodden March - wettest in 33 years

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Sydney is having its wettest March in 33 years after yet another showery night.

It's been a miserable old month for locals and visitors that don't like rain. The city has already recorded rainfall on 20 out of 24 days so far this March, well above the month's average of 14 rain days.

Category four cyclone possible for north Queensland as tropical low strengthens: BOM

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A tropical low brewing 600 kilometres north-east of the Queensland coast could make landfall somewhere between Cairns and Townsville early next week as a category four cyclone or higher, the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) says.

Queensland cyclone threat

Queensland may see its first tropical cyclone in two years in coming days, although the situation is still hard to call.

A tropical low sitting more than 600km east of Cooktown is going to start moving towards Australia during the next few days. The system may intensify on the weekend and could become a cyclone before reaching Queensland's tropical east coast.

Australia - Skies light up brilliantly after storms pass

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It was a golden end to a stormy afternoon in many parts of Australia yesterday as the setting sun painted the sky orange.

This may not have come as a surprise to onlookers, as some of the best sunsets happen after storms. But why?