Evacuations in Australia as two powerful cyclones approach

The storm is expected to make landfall around 00:00 GMT on Saturday

The storm is expected to make landfall around 00:00 GMT on Saturday

Meanwhile, senior meteorologist Andrea Peace said: "As the cyclone approaches the Pilbara coast over the weekend, communities are likely to experience very destructive winds, very risky storm surge and heavy rain that's conducive to major flooding - so now is the time to prepare".

BOM says Severe Tropical Cyclone Trevor was making landfall over the southwestern Gulf of Carpentaria Coast, about 90 kilometres east of Borroloola.

Emergency services and the military were called in to rescue residents from the island of Groote Eylandt, off the north coast on Thursday. Gusts of 275 kph (170 mph) are expected around the eye when the cyclone makes landfall.

Northern Territory Emergency Services spokesman Jason Collins said anyone remaining in Trevor's path needed to have supplies to last at least three days, to take shelter and stay away from waterways.

"Turn around, don't drown, we may not be there to save you", he told reporters in Darwin late on Friday.

The other cyclone threatening the Australian coastline is Tropical Cyclone Veronica, which is now a more powerful system.

In this image made from video taken on March 21, 2019, storm evacuees board an Australian Defence Force C-130 plane preparing to take off from Borroloola, Australia.

Trevor left behind a trail of damage in Queensland's Cape York Peninsula earlier this week, uprooting trees, causing flooding and roof damage, closing schools and roads, and knocking out power supplies.

It is the largest evacuation prior to a cyclone in the territory's history and the largest type of any evacuation since Cyclone Tracy in 1974.

Based on the latest models, it's expected to hit the Pilbara coastline between Port Hedland and Karratha as a category 4 system on Sunday morning in Australia. "It will approach the Pilbara coast during the weekend", the bureau said.

Pictures circulating on social media show supermarket shelves in the region bare. It had sustained winds of 130km/h with gusts to 185km/h on Friday afternoon.