Australia braces for twin cyclones, declares emergency in North Territory

Canberra: Australia on Thursday declared a state of emergency and evacuated people from its Northern Territory as the region braces itself for two cyclones which are expected to make landfall in the coming weekend.

CNN quoted the Australian Meteorological Department as saying that Cyclone Trevor, the equivalent of a category three or four hurricane, is expected to strengthen and hit the eastern side of the Gulf of Carpentaria on Saturday. The winds are expected to gather speed of up to 155 miles per hour (250 kilometres per hour), along with heavy rains and storm.

In the west of Trevor, Cyclone Veronica has also started gaining momentum since Wednesday. It is equivalent of a category three hurricane and expected to make a landfall on Sunday.

The path of Cyclone Trevor has been predicted along the southern coast of the Gulf of Carpentaria. The region’s current atmospheric conditions could further make it extremely dangerous, the weather department said.

“We are expecting to see rapid intensification over the next 12 to 24 hours,” it said.

“It’s really important that people understand this is a very serious cyclone. Not only is it very intense, it’s very large, it covers a broad area, so people are going to be impacted by it,” the department added.