Vanuatu cyclone could lash coast by weekend

Vanuatu cyclone could lash coast by weekend

Just when drenched NSW and Queensland residents thought the big wet may be finally coming to an end; a new monster storm looms in the Pacific off our east coast.

A growing tropical cyclone near Vanuatu could sweep across Australia’s eastern seaboard and is forecast to bring another weekend of carnage to parts of Queensland and NSW that are already­ suffering from flash-flooding, gale-force winds and mass power outages.

While the cyclone is forecast to reach category-three today before weakening, its track could again generate giant swells, and more rain, for our eastern beaches later this week, only adding to our ­summer of woe which has included huge bushfires followed by the heaviest downpours in 30 years.

Meanwhile, thousands of homes and businesses in Sydney are still without power after 400mm of rain fell on parts of the State on Sunday and Monday.

Multiple severe weather warnings issued by the Bureau of Meteorology remain in place on Tuesday morning across NSW – including the Hunter, Illawarra, and south coast regions.

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