Tropical Cyclone Marcus Batters Darwin, Residents take Shelter

TROPICAL Cyclone Marcus is maintaining its category 2 level as flights in and out of Darwin are cancelled and residents continue to shelter from the 130km/h winds.

“We’re telling everybody they need to be in shelter, out of the weather, off the roads – so the public is safe,” Regional Controller Warren Jackson told reporters.

Power has been cut to a number of properties and authorities have also warned heavy rain and tidal surges could bring flooding to some areas.

Winds create destruction as Tropical Cyclone Marcus bears down on Darwin.
The Bureau of Meterology anticipates more than 150 millimetres of rainfall today.
Several trees have been knocked down by the force of the gale.
Residents have been warned to stay off the streets until the storm passes.

The Bureau of Meteorology anticipate more than 150 millimetres of rainfall with locals posting online video of trees literally rolling down main roads.

“We’re experiencing gale-force winds in the Darwin region. That is going to intensify throughout the day and probably into the evening,” Mr Jackson told reporters.

Businesses have been told to close their doors, though some opened early today to let customers purchase emergency supplies.

Locals can be seen seeking shelter at the Hilton carpark.

The cyclone is expected to move towards the Timor Sea later this evening before approaching the Kimberley coast maintaining its category two level.

“During Sunday, Tropical Cyclone Marcus is expected to approach the north Kimberley as a Category 2 strength cyclone,” the BoM update said.

The centre of the cyclone has sustained winds of 95km/h with gusts to 130km/h.

Currently the storm is about 95km northeast of Darwin and about 155km northeast of Dundee Beach. It is moving south southwest at 12km/h.

Various shelters have been established throughout the city as authorities warn residents to remain indoors until the storm passes.

With heavy rain already pummelling the area, it’s believed Darwin could receive as much as 200 millimetres in the next 24 hours, putting locals at risk of potential floodwaters similar to those which have been affecting North Queensland since.

Tropical Cyclone Marcus was brushing the east coast of Melville Island at 5am.

Trees and Power lines are down across Darwin, causing outages for some residents.

Power and Safety Corp said “Safety is our priority. Crews will respond when the severe conditions have eased and the all-clear has been given.”

Until then, people are encouraged to stay indoors until emergency services can reach them.

Residents around Cape Hotham and Crocker Island were advised to remain indoors and avoid travel, especially if they’re around Cobourg Peninsula and Melville Island, as coastal flooding can still occur in these areas.

Emergency Services also expect rain and wind to increase as the cyclone tracks toward Darwin.

Any locals wanting to take refuge in a public cyclone shelter were warned to do so before 9am this morning and to only travel if absolutely necessary.

It is understood the gale force winds have been going since early this morning and will continue to increase throughout the afternoon.