Typhoon Deby criticized Australia on Tuesday before it weakened markedly – but the threat is not over yet. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull told parliament that the conditions had “deteriorated rapidly” and that people “should be prepared for stability until Wednesday.”
The storm occurred on Tuesday in Queensland in northeastern Australia as a Category 4 hurricane, meaning the wind was up to 120 mph and 168 mph, according to the Australian government meteorological agency. Rain storms and rain caused areas such as Earley Beach and Bowen, killing one person in the end.
Although the storm eventually descended into a Category 1 storm, Queensland leader Anastacia Balasquezuk told Australian Broadcasting Corporation that she did not know how bad the area was.
“We will get a full assessment of the extent of the damage tomorrow (Wednesday) in the first light,” she said. “Please stay indoors, do not leave your home until the authorities give you the OK to do so.”
The hurricane caused thousands of evacuations, and beaches and frightened animals chasing the ride were flooded. The natural disaster that threatened sugar cane crops has also left more than 50,000 people without power in Bowen, Whitsunday and Macae.
Deby was expected to continue moving inland this week, but he is retreating but continues to bring strong winds and rain to Queensland. Cities such as Mount Cologne and Moranbah have been under warnings, although continuous winds have fallen to about 53 miles per hour.
“Severe abnormalities are expected be Moranpah tween Bowen and St. Lawrence, and large waves may produce minor flooding along the shore,” the meteorological bureau said in a press release. “People living in areas likely to be affected by the floods should take measures to protect their property as much as possible and be ready to help their neighbors,” he said.