Cyclone Ita may hit northern Aus

2014-04-08 13:13
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Sydney - A tropical cyclone currently intensifying in the Coral Sea could threaten coastal communities in northern Australia by Friday, the Australian bureau of meteorology said on Tuesday.

Cyclone Ita, stalled 970km northeast of the Australian community of Cooktown on Tuesday, could strengthen to a category 4 capable of generating wind gusts up to 279km/h by Friday morning after resuming a westward path, the government weather forecaster said.

The United Nations on Monday began deployments to the Solomon Islands after the then-tropical depression caused widespread flooding, killing at least 23 people and affecting another 50 000, according to the UN website.

Cyclones typically form near Australia between November and April and often disrupt mining activities on both the east and west coasts.

Cooktown lies 650km south of Australian bauxite deposits mined by Rio Tinto and 800km north of an abundance of coal export terminals and collieries in the Bowen Basin region.
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