/ 19 March 2024

Mounting up for Megan


Australian Defence Force personnel have been unable to evacuate about 700 people in the NT, as severe weather from Tropical Cyclone Megan prevented the aircraft from landing. The Category 3 storm made landfall yesterday afternoon, pummelling Top End and Queensland border communities with 220km/h winds and heavy rain. Residents in the remote NT fishing town of Borroloola were told by police to find a place to shelter after the evacuation failed. Overnight, Megan has weakened to a Category 1 storm and is moving slowly south-west, but residents have been told to stay inside until emergency services check the area. The storm’s warning area yesterday spanned hundreds of kilometres and caused damage to roads and mine sites, along with flooding and felled trees. Megan is the fifth named system this season, with the BOM saying more cyclones had made or threatened landfall this year than any other.

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