Cyclone Tracy

On Christmas Day 1974, a category 4 cyclone
swept through Darwin, Australia, with winds
gusting in excess of 217 kilometres (135 miles)
per hour towing a four-metre (13-foot) storm
surge. Locals had been warned, but partly
due to the season and partly because Cyclone
Selma had failed to make landfall earlier that
month, many made no preparations at all.
Cyclone Tracy developed in the seas 500
kilometres (300 miles) north of Australia and
spent the next few days tracking south-east
until it hit the warm water of the Timor Sea,
where it intensifi ed dramatically.

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