Angry eye: VIIRS infrared imagery from @NASANPP of Cyclone Marcia as it approaches the eastern coast of Australia. Photo: NOAA Satellites/TwitterAUSTRALIA’S northern coasts are being battered by two severe tropical cyclones on Friday, the first time meteorologists have seen twin storms of such intensity making near-simultaneous landfall.

Tropical Cyclone (TC) Lam crossed the Northern Territory coast about 20 kilometres east of the town of Milingimbi as a category 4 cyclone overnight, knocking out two wind monitors in the process.

About 2000km to the south-east, TC Marcia has now crossed the coast near Yeppoon, close to Rockhampton, on the central Queensland coast. The storm is rated as a category 5 cyclone, the highest ranking.

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