Authorities in Australia have begun evacuations for the 1,600 residents of an island in the Gulf of Carpentaria, as Tropical Cyclone Trevor approaches.

Al Jazeera News Agency said in a report that the severe storm spent most of today, crossing Cape York, having made landfall on Tuesday evening near Lockhart River on the east coast.

It brought down trees, electricity poles and fences, registering wind gusts of up to 133 kilometres per hour and a rainfall collection of 333mm.

Trevor’s wind strength was the equivalent of a Category 2 hurricane at first landfall. It left the Cape York Peninsula as a much weakened storm.

Todd Smith, the BoM’s Northern Territory manager, said the weather system would be severe and residents needed to be prepared.



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