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Cyclone Debbie in Australia

Wednesday, 29 March 2017

Type of Event:
Ocean Storm - Cyclone
Location of Event:
Australia
Date of Charter Activation:
29 March 2017
Time of Charter Activation:
13:19:00
Time zone of Charter Activation:
UTC+11:00
Charter Requestor:
Geoscience Australia on behalf of Emergency Management Australia
Activation ID:
522
Project Management:
Geoscience Australia

Description of the event

Cyclone Debbie made landfall in Queensland, Australia on 28 March, bringing heavy rainfall and flooding.

The powerful Category Four storm left three people dead and more than 25,000 were forced to evacuate their homes.

Debbie brought winds in excess of 263km/h and has caused damage to homes and infrastructure in the affected area. The storm has affected power lines, leaving tens of thousands without electricity and communications have also been disrupted. Some towns have been cut off by flash flooding, rendering roads impassable and delaying relief operations.

After making landfall, Debbie moved slowly in a south-west direction and while the storm weakened to Category Two, it continued to cause more flooding over the following days. It crossed the border into the neighbouring state of New South Wales where Debbie caused further damage and flooding.

There are concerns that the storm may even have damaged the Great Barrier Reef and analysts believe Debbie could cause one of the biggest floods Queensland has experienced in sixty years.

Area affected by Cyclone Debbie in Gold Coast

Source: TerraSAR-X
Acquired: 02/04/2017

Copyright: TerraSAR-X © DLR e. V. 2017, Distribution: Airbus DS Geo GmbH
Map produced by Geoscience Australia

Areas affected by Cyclone Debbie in Queensland state

Source: RADARSAT-2 / COSMO-SkyMed
Acquired: 29/03/2017

Copyright: RADARSAT-2 Data and Products © MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. (2016) - All Rights Reserved. RADARSAT is an official trademark of the Canadian Space Agency.
COSMO-SkyMed ©ASI (2017). All rights reserved
Map produced by e-GEOS

Area affected by Cyclone Debbie in Rockhampton

Source: Resurs-P
Acquired: 04/04/2017

Copyright: Resurs-P © ROSCOSMOS (2017) - All rights reserved
Map produced by Geoscience Australia

Area affected by Cyclone Debbie in Moranbah

Source: Sentinel-1
Acquired: 31/03/2017

Copyright: Sentinel-1 © Contains modified Copernicus Sentinel data (2017)
Map produced by Geoscience Australia

Area affected by Cyclone Debbie in Proserpine

Source: TerraSAR-X
Acquired: 31/03/2017

Copyright: TerraSAR-X © DLR e. V. 2017, Distribution: Airbus DS Geo GmbH
Map produced by Geoscience Australia

Area affected by Cyclone Debbie in Fitzroy

Source: ResourceSat-2
Acquired: 31/03/2017

Copyright: ResourceSat-2 data and products © ISRO (2017) - All rights reserved
Map produced by Geoscience Australia