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Yasi becomes destructive Cat 5 monster

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Destructive Tropical Cyclone Yasi has this morning reached Category 5 status with brutal winds averaging 215km/h and gusts now almost hitting 300km/h (295).

As predicted by WeatherWatch.co.nz last week Yasi could potentially hit Category 5 strength - the highest category with winds up to 300km/h.

WeatherWatch.co.nz head weather analyst Philip Duncan says Yasi will cause widespread destruction.


WeatherWatch.co.nz to cover Yasi with 'live' updates

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WeatherWatch.co.nz has this evening announced that it will cover Severe Tropical Cyclone Yasi's movements on to the Australian coast Wednesday night with live updates, just as it did for Wilma here in New Zealand.


"Phenomenal Seas" as Cyclone Yasi heads towards Australia (+Maps)

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Severe Tropical Cyclone Yasi continues to push out into the open waters over the Coral Sea as it races towards Cairns and the Queensland Coast.

The cyclone continues to track in a westerly direction but should start to take a slightly more south west direction overnight tonight.


Cyclone Yasi has potential to be biggest ever for Queensland: Premier

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Severe tropical cyclone Yasi is quickly gaining strength as it roars towards the Queensland coast, ahead of major evacuations that involve entire suburbs.

WeatherWatch.co.nz says the cyclone may even be stronger than Wilma, which peaked as a Category 4 cyclone shortly before weakening as it moved over New Zealand waters.


Thousands warned to evacuate as major cyclone heads to Queensland

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Tropical Cyclone Yasi is now a severe Category 3 reports WeatherWatch.co.nz.

The cyclone is expected to intensify as it moves west over the Coral Sea, becoming a Category 4 before making landfall late on Wednesday or early on Thursday.

Damaging winds are expected to develop about coastal and island communities between Cooktown and Yeppoon Wednesday morning.


Cyclones ease but heat intensifies in Oz

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Australia is seeing more turbulence this week however former Cyclone Bianca in Western Australia is now a depression and Cyclone Anthony in Queensland is sitting as a category one. Last night Anthony came ashore with strong winds and heavy rain and cutting power to 10,000 homes on the North Queensland coast.


Tropical Cyclone Anthony approaching Queensland

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Tropical Cyclone Anthony is tracking slowly towards the Queensland coast, with a cyclone watch already in place for coastal areas from Innisfail to Saint Lawrence.


Tropical Cyclone Bianca continues to intensify

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Tropical Cyclone Bianca is currently a category 3 system and is continuing to intensify as it moves parallel to the Pilbara coast.

A cyclone warning is current for coastal and island communities from Mardie to Coral Bay.


Queensland may face major storm next week

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It's very early days but for almost a week now weather models have been predicting one thing for Queensland - a direct hit by a tropical cyclone at the end of next week.

WeatherWatch.co.nz has been monitoring a predicted tropical storm in the long range weather models since the end of last week but has only today decided to publish these predictions.


Special help for flood-stricken Kiwis

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New Zealanders denied funding after being caught up in the devastating Queensland floods are set to be granted a special Government payout.

Many Kiwis had complained they were ineligible for a $1000 Australian Government Disaster Recovery Payment (AGDRP), due to 2001 legislation denying social service payments to those without Australian citizenship or permanent residency.