Cyclone Ita the strongest storm of 2014
As Cyclone Ita bears down on the Far North Queensland coast, it’s intensified into a category 5 storm.
The latest path map by the Bureau of Meterology predicts Cyclone Ita will hit the coast around Cooktown around 11pm tonight.
The BOM indicates gale-force winds of 125 km/h will hit the coast this afternoon and communities are battening down the hatches in preparation.
What is of concern about this cyclone, apart from its strength, is that it it slow moving. Compared to Cyclone Yasi’s 30km/h speed, Cyclone Ita is travelling about 8km/h, which means it’s going to hover around to do more damage.
An animation of Cyclone Ita approaching the Queensland coast.
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