Cyclone Debbie, Australia, March 2017
31 Mar 2017
Cyclone Debbie made landfall near Airlie Beach, Queensland, Australia on Tuesday March 28, 2017 as a category 4 storm. Debbie pounded the north-east coast with heavy rain and winds for days, causing widespread flash-flooding and power outages. Hundreds of homes were flooded and two deaths have been reported.
The cyclone has weakened, but continues to inundate the region. It is too early to know the full extent of damage caused by the storm; according to The Guardian, “The total cost from Debbie, declared a catastrophe in two states by the Insurance Council of Australia, is weeks if not months away from calculation. But insured losses alone will run into hundreds of millions, if not more than $1bn (£600m).”
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