200 mph winds: Hurricane Monica surpasses Katrina/Rita..."may be the most intense storm ever" to hit Australia.... *PIC*

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200 mph winds: Hurricane Monica surpasses Katrina/Rita..."may be the most intense storm ever" to hit Australia.... *PIC*
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Sunday, April 23, 2006 10:32 am

\"Monica is now over Australia\'s Wessel Islands, making Monica a far worse hurricane than anything seen in the Atlantic last summer. At 892 mb, Monica is stronger than the dreaded hurricanes Katrina and Rita ever were, never mind at landfall. The symmetry seen is Monica is flawless and it is rare to every see a tropical system look so well-defined...\"
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\"Monica again threatens Australia, now very strong Category 5
April 23, 2006 - 12:23 PM
This situation continue to deteriorate along the north coast of Australia. It is hard to imagine a worse situation in this area as Australian cyclones almost never reach this strength. Monica is currently much stronger than 1974\'s Cyclone Tracy which is the benchmark storm for the area. As far as I can tell, Monica may be the most intense cyclone to ever impact the region or even Australia...
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Monica set to wreak havoc
From: AAP
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April 23, 2006
SEVERE tropical cyclone Monica is set to wreak havoc on the Northern Territory coast, with its core wind gusts expected to clock 320kph (=200 mph) near Arnhem Land today or tomorrow.
The cyclone, which has been upgraded to category five, has Aboriginal communities in its path.
It is expected to generate dangerous winds within the next six to 12 hours in the Nhulunbuy region, NT emergency services say.

Coastal and island communities between Port Roper and Goulburn Island have been alerted about the cyclone warning.

A cyclone watch has extended to Cape Hotham, including Cape Don and Melville Island.

At 10pm (CST) last night, Monica was moving north-west at 10kph and was about 205km east of Nhulunbuy and 320 km north-east of Alyangula.

The system is expected not to lose any force as it moves across the northern Gulf of Carpentaria...