Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:
In the South Pacific Ocean: Tropical Cyclone Debbie located approximately 320 nm east- southeast of Cairns, Australia, is tracking west-southwestward at 03 knots – Queensland is bracing for a large scale natural disaster ahead of the arrival of Cyclone Debbie, with authorities ordering evacuations, the closure of schools, ports and airports and thousands of military and emergency services personnel on alert. The Bureau of Meteorology predicts the “very destructive core” of Debbie will hit the mainland near the northern town of Ayr as a category four cyclone early Tuesday. There are concerns Debbie, which has slowly tracked southwest from the Coral Sea, could intensify to category five – the most severe category with winds in excess of 280km/h – by the time it makes landfall.
In the South Indian Ocean: Tropical cyclone 12s (Caleb), located approximately 919 nm west- northwest of Learmonth, Australia, is tracking westward at 03 knots.