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Australia Currently In The Midst Of A Terrifying 'Cyclone Sandwich'

"Lam" and "Marcia" bear down on the Aussie coast.

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Two tropical cyclones* are hammering the Australian coast meaning the north of the country is bracing for a "cyclone sandwich".

*A severe tropical cyclone is referred to as a "hurricane" or "typhoon" in some parts of the world. And "non-severe" tropical cyclones are also known as "tropical storms" by some areas.
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*A severe tropical cyclone is referred to as a "hurricane" or "typhoon" in some parts of the world. And "non-severe" tropical cyclones are also known as "tropical storms" by some areas.

The cyclone battering the Northern Territory is named "Lam", a Category 3 storm. Tropical Cyclone Marcia is battering the central Queensland Coast and is Category 2.

Bureau of Meteorology

"Lam" has wind gusts of up to 195 kph (120mph) and by Friday morning is expected to hit indigenous communities around Elcho Island. Authorities have started evacuating Arnhem Land communities.

Bureau of Meteorology

At the same time "Marcia" bears down on central Queensland towns and is expected hit land around Yepoon by Friday morning.

NASA
Bureau of Meteorology

The new Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has warned people in the state to brace for tough conditions in the next few days.

"Our message to Queenslanders is start getting ready now," she said.

The most devastating weather system in recent times was Category 5 cyclone "Yasi" which destroyed many north Queensland communities in 2011.

Popular surf spots have seen tides breaching sea walls.

#tcmarcia is bearing down on nth qld. Waves smashing over sea wall at #Yeppoon #7NewsQ

Shaun Smith@shaun_ssmithFollow

#tcmarcia is bearing down on nth qld. Waves smashing over sea wall at #Yeppoon #7NewsQ

12:05 PM - 19 Feb 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

And high tides around Bundaberg are keeping people out of the water.

Big high tide at Kelly's Beach #Bargara as #TCMarcia approaches. @WINNews_WBay #Bundaberg #bigwet #weather

Philip Calder@philipjcalderFollow

Big high tide at Kelly's Beach #Bargara as #TCMarcia approaches. @WINNews_WBay #Bundaberg #bigwet #weather

11:02 AM - 19 Feb 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

Not this bloke. Because this is Australia and a cyclone is not going to interrupt Wednesday's surf.

A category 3 cyclone won't stop this bloke's surf in Nhulunbuy. (via @9NewsDarwin) #TCLam #Straya

Charles Croucher@ccroucher9Follow

A category 3 cyclone won't stop this bloke's surf in Nhulunbuy.

(via @9NewsDarwin)

#TCLam #Straya

1:41 PM - 18 Feb 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

And there are already people tired of having to deal with this goddamn "cyclone sandwich".

Is it too late to rename cyclone Marcia? every time I hear or read about it/her I get a "Marcia Marcia Marcia" earworm #thebradybunch

pip courtney@pipcourtneyFollow

Is it too late to rename cyclone Marcia? every time I hear or read about it/her I get a "Marcia Marcia Marcia" earworm #thebradybunch

1:49 PM - 19 Feb 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

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