This research was supported by funding from the Insurance Australia Group, Sydney, Australia. We thank Dr. David Stensrud (NOAA/National Severe Storms Laboratory) for valuable discussions as well as Dr. Bruce Buckley, Jeff Callaghan, and Peter Otto of the Australian Bureau of Meteorology for providing details of the observed characteristics of TC Larry. We also wish to thank the three anonymous reviewers for many beneficial suggestions, which helped to improve the manuscript. Finally, we acknowledge Greg Pearson and Norm Henry of the New Zealand Meteorological Service for providing the code to compute wind gusts in section 4f.
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