Published: 12:41, December 13, 2023 | Updated: 20:52, December 13, 2023
Tropical Cyclone Jasper makes landfall in northeast Australia
By Reuters

This image made from video show heavy seas in Cairns, Australia Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2023. Powerful winds began uprooting trees on the northeast Australian coast on Wednesday as Tropical Cyclone Jasper gathered strength while approaching the area. (PHOTO /AUSTRALIAN BROADCASTING CORPORATION VIA AP)

SYDNEY - Tropical Cyclone Jasper with category 2 strength hit northeast Australia Wednesday, leaving thousands of homes without power, the country's Bureau of Meteorology and local newspapers said.

"Tropical Cyclone Jasper, Category 2, is producing damaging to destructive wind gusts on the Far North Queensland coast as it slowly makes landfall," the bureau said in its latest tropical cyclone advice issued at 6:59 pm local time (0859 GMT).

About 15,000 homes and businesses remained without power, according to the Courier-Mail newspaper

Sustained winds near the center were 95 km per hour with wind gusts to 130 km per hour, it added.

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About 15,000 homes and businesses remained without power, according to the Courier-Mail newspaper published in Brisbane.

Large parts of Port Douglas lost power as the core of Cyclone Jasper began to cross the coast, the newspaper said.

Tropical Cyclone Jasper is expected to weaken as it moves inland Wednesday night, according to the Bureau of Meteorology.

This image made from video show people walking through high winds in Cairns, Australia, Dec 13, 2023. (PHOTO / AUSTRALIAN BROADCASTING CORPORATION VIA AP)

"Locally intensive rainfall which may lead to dangerous and life-threatening flash flooding is forecast to develop from tonight along the coast and adjacent ranges between Cape Tribulation to Cairns as well as areas near the center of Tropical Cyclone Jasper," the bureau said.