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Tropical Cyclone Carlos

Australia again: Cyclone Carlos batters Darwin and Top End

Tropical Cyclone Carlos is battering Darwin after a night of wild weather that left houses damaged and streets flooded.

In the Darwin suburb of Marrara, a record 435 millimetres of rain fell in 24 hours.

There are serious concerns about storm surge in the Rapid Creek, Millner and Nightcliff areas, with a high tide of 6.6 metres expected at 5.40pm CST, Northern Territory Police said.

Storm surge shelters at Casuarina Senior College and Nightcliff Middle School are now open to residents affected by flooding.

But cyclone shelters are not open at this stage.

At 12:30 am CST Tropical Cyclone Carlos was 15 kilometres south-east of Darwin and 125 kilometres south south-east of Snake Bay and moving northeast at 5 kilometres per hour.

Gales with gusts to 100 kilometres per hour are currently being experienced on the coast between Darwin and Point Stuart.

Gales with gusts to 120 kilometres per hour are expected to develop over the southern Tiwi Islands tonight, and may extend further south to Daly River Mouth during Thursday and as far as Port Keats on Friday.

Gales may also develop between Point Stuart and Goulburn Island, including Croker Island tonight, if the cyclone takes a more easterly track.

This is the equivalent of an Atlantic Tropical Storm, but it was just a low pressure system this morning. The sustained winds are in the 50 to 60 mph range.

Darwin is on the North Coast of Australia in the center, in the Northern Territory.

3 comments

1 cookie jill { 02.16.11 at 12:33 am }

They just are not getting any weather breaks.

2 ellroon { 02.16.11 at 3:52 pm }

Australia is kinda like those sinking ship movies, half on fire, half under water…

3 Bryan { 02.16.11 at 9:53 pm }

Actually, it is a lot like California without the earthquakes. 😉