Tropical Cyclone Marcia (Category 5) is pummeling the coast near Yeppoon on the central Queensland coast with winds recorded up to 285km/h, with sustained winds of 205km/h.
Tropical Cyclone Lam (Category 3) knocked out a wind station at Elcho Island late on Thursday, with 150km/h winds the highest recorded at the site. A second station at Milingimbi also halted operations, recording winds at 93km/h at the time. Wind speeds reached 260km/h at their peak, with sustained winds of 175-185km/h.
A storm surge has reached all parts of the Gulf of Carpentaria, with some areas recording seas more than one metre above the astronomical highs.
|Tropical cyclones Lam (top) and Marcia (right). Source: earth.nullschool.net
|TC Marcia. Source: BOM
Both cyclones are expected to cause serious damage. Communities affected are on emergency alert - hopefully everyone will stay safe.
Needless to say, the winds are far to strong for kitesurfing!