UWA technology deployed to monitor Tropical Cyclone Veronica

Residents of Mc Arthur River on board a Royal Australian Air Force C-130J Hercules aircraft as part of evacuations in anticipation of Tropical Cyclone Trevor

Meanwhile, senior meteorologist Andrea Peace said: "As the cyclone approaches the Pilbara coast over the weekend, communities are likely to experience very destructive winds, very risky storm surge and heavy rain that's conducive to major flooding - so now is the time to prepare".

The NT News reported Cyclone Trevor was now a Category 3 system intensifying in the hours just before dawn.

Two powerful cyclones are blowing toward Australia's sparsely populated north where around 2,000 people have been evacuated from the east coast of the Northern Territory ahead of strong winds, mountainous waves and flooding rain.

Northern Territory Emergency Services spokesman Jason Collins said anyone remaining in Trevor's path needed to have supplies to last at least three days, to take shelter and stay away from waterways.

Trevor will continue intensifying today as it heads towards the NT coast, And with severe tropical cyclone Veronica sitting off northwest WA as well, it's only the second time in Australia's history that we'll likely see two Category 4 or above cyclones cross the coast within 24 hours of each other.

Meteorologist Todd Smith warned the cyclone, which is now moving southwest at 16km/h, could change direction or surge to category five as it intensifies.

Winds of 170mph are forecast as it hits the coast between Port McArthur and the Northern Territory/Queensland board.

Yesterday, a mass evacuation was underway as emergency services and defence personnel worked to move people into areas of safety.

"You're not going to sit there for a Category 4 cyclone".

The cyclone left behind trail of destruction in Queensland's Cape York peninsula earlier this week, uprooting trees, causing flooding and roof damage, closing schools and roads, and downing power lines.

He said: "In the worst case scenario, which would be the system crossing the coast to the west of Port Hedland and aligning with high tide, there is a very real risk of tides four metres above the highest astronomical tide".

Territorians in Trevor's path have been warned to expect a risky storm tide, gales and heavy rainfall up to 300 millimetres, which may lead to flash flooding.

The cyclone sparked the biggest evacuation of the Northern Territory this week since the deadly Cyclone Tracy killed 71 people in 1974.

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