Australia, With Summer Comes Cyclones

Authorities are warning we need to be ready for the deadly consequences of tropical cyclones this summer season.

The Bureau of Meteorology's annual tropical cyclone outlook predicts a slightly below average season, due to the likelihood of an El Nino in the Pacific ocean, which generally brings drier and warmer conditions.

Yet the report cautions against complacency.

On average, eleven cyclones form around Australia each year, with four crossing the coast.

"It only takes one cyclone to make a significant season - as we have seen with the devastation caused by Tropical Cyclone Debbie last year," said Bruce Gunn, the state manager of BOM Queensland.

The category four cyclone caused $1.7 billion damage when it struck north Queensland in March 2017 - making it Australia's second most expensive cyclone event.

A resident kayaks to rescue a stranded cow on his property in North MacLean, Brisbane after Cyclone Debbie. Photo: Getty

BOM predicts the long-term average number of cyclones annually to decline, but their intensity will increase due to the impacts of climate change.

The Eastern region outlook shows a below-average season is most likely, with a 40 percent chance of more tropical cyclones than average and a 60 percent chance of fewer. About a quarter of tropical cyclones in the Eastern region make landfall.

Find BOM’s full 2018-19 Cyclone Outlook here.

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