Tropical Cyclone 15S (Marcus), # 1
7 p.m. Saturday, March 17, Australian Central Standard Time: Tropical Cyclone Marcus has battered Darwin, on the northwest coast of Australia where the Marine Rotational Force is stationed, with 80-mph wind gusts and heavy rain Saturday afternoon.
Media reports said the power and water supply to the city has been affected, and nearly 6 inches of rain has fallen on the area.
At 4 p.m., Marcus was 70 miles south-southwest of Darwin, headed south-southwest at 14 mph, packing 52-mph sustained winds and 63-mph gusts at center as it burrows along the coast, according to the Joint Typhoon Warning Center.
JTWC projects Marcus to hang along Australia’s northwest coast for at least a couple of days, then turn directly west, with wind velocity increasing to 144-mph sustained winds and 173-mph gusts at center as it heads over the eastern Indian Ocean.
Long-range models then show Marcus turning south, possibly affecting Perth and southwest Australia by month’s end.