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NASA sees powerful Tropical Cyclone Ita making landfall in Queensland, Australia

11 April 2014

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NASA's Aqua satellite passed over Tropical Cyclone Ita as it began making landfall on the Eastern Cape York Peninsula of Queensland, Australia on 11 April 2014. Ita officially made landfall at Cape Flattery about 9:00 p.m. local AEST time as a Category 4 storm according to reports from the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC).

The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer that flies aboard Aqua captured an image of the Category 4 storm on 11 April at 12:00 a.m. EDT (4 a.m. UTC). Satellite imagery indicates the eye is 9.2 miles wide (8 nautical miles, or 14.8 km).

ABC reported that the strongest maximum sustained winds around the centre of circulation were near 142.9 mph (124.2 knots, or 230 kph) and many trees have been downed and homes damaged.

Source: National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

Image credit: NASA Goddard's MODIS Rapid Response Team - Aqua image of Cyclone Ita

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