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Natural Disasters: Cyclones

Year 8 Geography

Finding Resources in Oliver


Here are some books that you may find useful during your studies.  Search the Bennies catalogue Oliver for more, or browse the Non-fiction collection NFS.



You Tube

ABC News segments detailing the approach of cyclone Yasi to the far north Queensland coast. Includes reports from journalists at the scene and meteorological information.


Cyclones are a fact of life throughout tropical Australia. They are multi-hazard, bringing extreme winds, floods, violent seas and storm surges. This program shows how to prepare family and property, how to access information and warnings as the cyclone is nearing and what to do once the cyclone has arrived.

Covers droughts, impact of droughts on farms, drought in urban areas. Cyclones cover warnings, categories and preparation for cyclones.

Extreme Weather and Natural Disasters

World Book Student

Log into World Book Student through Firefly- Select World Book Student and type in your search Cyclone. 

Here you will find useful information about your topic.

Strictly speaking, a cyclone is any low-pressure system in the atmosphere. In a sense, a tornado is a very small cyclone because it has low atmospheric pressure in the center. However, the term is usually reserved for much larger storm systems, covering areas hundreds of miles across.

Bureau of Meterology

A tropical cyclone is a low-pressure system which develops in the tropics and is sufficiently intense to produce sustained gale force winds of at least 63km/h. If the sustained wind reaches hurricane force of at least 118km/h the system is defined as a severe tropical cyclone. In other parts of the world they are called hurricanes or typhoons.

Previous Tropical cyclones in Australia


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