Australia moving 2000 people from powerful cyclone's path

In a satellite image acquired from the Australian Bureau of Meteorology Cyclone Trevor moves over the Northern Territory

In a satellite image acquired from the Australian Bureau of Meteorology Cyclone Trevor moves over the Northern Territory

In a satellite image acquired from the Australian Bureau of Meteorology, Cyclone Trevor moves over the Northern Territory captured at 0810am AEDT, Tuesday, 19 March 2019.

Almost 1000 residents have been evacuated from Groote Eylandt and Numbulwar with more people being moved out of Borroloola and other communities all the way along the Gulf of Carpentaria coast to Queensland.

The Territory Government has declared a state of emergency in its Gulf region as the system nears the coast.

Cyclone Trevor is expected to strengthen and hit the Northern Territory on Saturday as the equivalent of a category 3 or 4 Atlantic hurricane, bringing with it destructive winds up to 155 miles per hour (250 kilometers per hour), heavy rain and storm surges.

While Trevor is now a Category 1 system, the Bureau of Meteorology said it will intensify quickly over the next two days.

Residents of Groote Eylandt and Numbulwar are being told to evacuate, and other communities are being told to prepare to evacuate.

The warm waters of the Gulf, and favourable conditions in the atmosphere mean there isn't a lot to stop cyclone Trevor from becoming a large, powerful and extremely risky cyclone.

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Mr Gunner said the decision to evacuate the communities in the cyclone's path was due to their remoteness.

Air force Hercules aircraft, along with helicopters, buses and cars were being used to transport evacuees to Darwin and nearby Katherine, with sleeping areas set up in buildings on local fairgrounds, Smith said.

About 600 out of Groote Eyland's population of 2800 have been evacuated but authorities are now focusing on Borroloola, with a population of 900. Steps were being taken to ensure indigenous cultural protocols were respected and tribal languages used.

"We have the capacity and capability to look after them as long as we need to, until water and power are safe again and houses are habitable again", Mr Gunner said.

It is the largest cyclone-related evacuation in the Northern Territory since Cyclone Tracy hit Darwin in 1974, leaving 71 people dead and forcing the evacuation of 30,000 people.

Trevor earlier crossed the Cape York peninsula in northern Queensland state, causing flooding, closing roads and knocking out power.

The Australian Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) has warned of a likely severe coastal impact despite some weakening fof Veronica as it hits the coast.

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