DISCUSSION: As a very strong Tropical Cyclone Debbie rolled ashore later Tuesday evening, there were severe impacts across many regions. As shown in the graphic above (courtesy of the Higgins Storm Chasing team), there was substantial damage inflicted on many coastal towns and cities. One such impacted city (as captured above), was the city of Shute Harbor which was severely impacted by strong winds and storm surge damaged. Being as though water (i.e, in this case being the wave action coming in with the circulation of Tropical Cyclone Debbie) power is the most powerful force on Earth, there was no surprise with the fact that there was severe damage inflicted on the coastline of northeastern Australia. However, the process of recovering from such severe impacts will naturally take time to happen and will be a regional gradual process. It is important to note that even as the immediate and worst impacts associated with the landfall of Debbie have now ended for the most part, there will still be impacts from the associated moisture over the next couple of days. This will be a result of the circulation associated with a much weaker Tropical Cyclone Debbie being absorbed into another low pressure system over the next few days towards the beginnings of the South Pacific Ocean.
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©2017 Meteorologist Jordan Rabinowitz