Flood in Australia following Cyclone Lam
Friday, 20 February 2015
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20 February 2015
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Description of the event
Cyclone Lam impacted the north of Australia on 20 February 2015, bringing floods and damaging winds to the Northern Territory.
Lam made landfall in the Northern Territory as a Category Four storm, first arriving at Elcho Island just off the coast, and moving south-west to the mainland near Ramingining at 02:00 (local time). Communications were severed with Elcho Island as Lam passed over, and it has been reported that the island suffered heavy damage from the storm
Lam weakened considerably to a Category Two storm as it moved inland, but is believed to have caused widespread damage in its wake. Despite the damage, no casualties or injuries have been reported.
Many residents, who had warning of the impending storm, evacuated from the areas at risk, and those temporarily unable to return to their homes due to the damage are currently in emergency shelters.
Though Lam has weakened, it is expected to bring more rain and high tides to the area.
The Australian Bureau of Meteorology has the latest tracking information on the two storms.