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La Nina Likely to Bring More Cyclones After Yasi, Bureau Says

Tropical Cyclone Yasi, forecast to be one of the strongest ever to hit Australia, will likely be followed by more cyclones as La Nina boosts the number of tropical storms, according to the Bureau of Meteorology.

“We are still a couple of weeks off what is historically the peak of the tropical cyclone season, so we would expect more cyclones to occur between now and winter,” David Jones, head of climate monitoring and prediction at the bureau, said from Melbourne. Eight cyclones have occurred in the Australian region so far, compared with 12 on average for a season, he said.