Tropical Cyclone "Trevor" made landfall near the Lockhart River, Queensland, Australia at 06:55 UTC (16:55 local time) on March 19, 2019, as Category 3 tropical cyclone on Australian tropical cyclone intensity scale. Trevor will exit into the Gulf of Carpentaria near Aurukun and rapidly intensify before its second landfall.
Wind gusts in excess of 200 km/h (124 mph) were reported at Far North Queensland and more than 300 mm (11.8 inches) of rain overnight.
According to local media reports, entire communities were put into lockdown at 13:00 local time, March 18, with emergency sirens sounded to alert residents to seek shelter until it was safe to come out.
Tropical Cyclone "Trevor" before landfall over Queensland, AU on March 19, 2019. Credit: NASA Terra/MODIS
While Trevor started weakening after making landfall, meteorologists are urging residents to take caution as strong wind gusts and heavy rain are expected to continue during its passage over land.
Trevor is expected to exit into the Gulf of Carpentaria on March 20 and then quickly re-intensify in the Gulf later this week, possibly reaching Category 4 strength.
"Cyclones in the Gulf are notoriously erratic, and so the forecast track and intensity may change a lot between now and then," Dr. Adam Morgan, BOM's Senior Meteorologist said.
Tropical Cyclone "Trevor" - QLD landfall - March 19, 2019 (08:50 - 20:30 UTC)
Tropical Cyclone "Trevor" over Queensland, AU at 17:30 UTC on March 19, 2019. Credit: JMA/Himawari-8, RAMMB/CIRA
"Right now, the official forecast track takes Trevor near Groote Eylandt and then potentially across the southwest Gulf coast towards the weekend as a severe tropical cyclone. It may well still be a few days away, but the cyclone threat for Northern Territory communities right around the Gulf is real and residents should begin planning their preparations."
"If you're in the path of cyclone Trevor, finalize your preparations to stay safe," Morgan said, urging residents to follow all advice from emergency services and check latest official Bureau warnings, forecasts and updates.
Featured image: Tropical Cyclone "Trevor" over Queensland, AU at 17:30 UTC on March 19, 2019. Credit: JMA/Himawari-8, RAMMB/CIRA