Australia


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.


Cyclone Anthony may hit Queensland... eventually

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Tropical Cyclone Anthony, which formed into a category one system on Sunday morning, is unlikely to threaten the Queensland coast, at least in the next few days.

On Sunday, Anthony was moving fairly swiftly to the east, away from the Queensland coast.


40 degrees in southern parts of Australia

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A long wave ridge has been allowing heat to build across Australia's interior.

Parts of Western Australia and South Australia saw high maximums in the last two days.

Eucla boiled with a top of 40 degrees yesterday, 14 above average and their hottest day since February last year.


Civil Defence response team returns home from Queensland floods

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New Zealand’s first civil defence response team deployed internationally returned from flood ravaged Queensland yesterday and team members can be proud of the contribution they have made to the clean-up work in Australia according to Civil Defence Minister John Carter.