Australian River Swells to 37 Miles Wide Due to Recent Flooding, Now Creates Own Weather System

Nation/world
This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.
Satellite imagery shows the massive flooding that has hit northwest Australia in 2019. (Credit: NASA)
Satellite imagery shows the massive flooding that has hit northwest Australia in 2019. (Credit: NASA)

A river has gone from thin and dry to 37 miles (60 kilometers) wide in a matter of weeks as a result of floods in northeast Australia, satellite imagery shows.

Images released by NASA show the change to the Flinders River — one of Australia’s longest waterways — over the past month, with flooding there at its worst in more than half a century.

CNN meteorologists analyzed the image and said it appeared the river had swelled 60 kilometers wide at some points.

The river is now so big it’s creating its own weather system.

The Queensland Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) said extra moisture from the flooding helped create a thunderstorm early Thursday.

Australia’s billion-dollar beef industry is expected to sustain heavy losses due to the storms. About 500,000 cattle are believed to have died in the flooding, estimated to be to be worth about $213 million (AU$300 million), CNN affiliate Seven News reported.

Many of the cattle carcasses remain, and will pose a health hazard if not buried or burned,

“People have gone through drought, they have come out of years and years of drought, and they have now gone smack-bang into a natural disaster the likes of which no one out there has seen before,” Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said.

 

Trademark and Copyright 2020 Cable News Network, Inc., a Time Warner Company. All rights reserved.

KTLA Election Guide

More election coverage

Most Popular

Latest News

More News

KTLA on Instagram

Instagram

KTLA on Facebook

KTLA on Twitter