Stay safe Queensland. Biggest cyclone in memory about to hit the coast with winds of up to 300 kms an hour.
This storm system looks huge! I hope it loses some momentum before it crosses the coast. I'm crossing my fingers for everyone in Northern Queensland tonight. It's only about 7 hours away from the coast right now.
As if Queensland hasn't suffered enough destruction in the last month already.
I'm starting to think South East Qld got off light. The news channels are blanketed with updates on Yasi, as is all my facebook etc. Hope they are all ok.
I just checked the radars at Cairns and Townsville and you can see the rain bands from the edge of the cyclone already. The radar on Willis Island is not sending a signal (it is directly in the path).
This is the link to the Cairns Radar. I'm guessing that later tonight it will lose its signal as the winds intensify. That is one huge mother of a storm. I hope that there are no fatalities, and that everyone has done enough to prepare.
It appears that Yasi will now cross Innisfail in around 3 hours time !
Much bigger than TC Larry which hit Innisfail 5 years ago
bigger than Tracy that wiped out 80% of Darwin in 1974
YES much bigger hopefully the population are more prepared than then due to better Weather predictions !
Believe it or not, Tracy was one of the smallest cyclones on record. Not that it didn't pack a punch. I remember the news reports as they came in that Christmas and it was horrific to a child, I must say.
for a sml one it did a lot of damage from the pics I looked at. Yasi is being compared with Katrina.
Size of storm nearly as big as USA
http://www.news.com.au/breaking-news/fl … 5998762870
Yasi is the Aussie Katrina. Category 5 as big as it gets.
Check out this great link showing the magnitude of Yasi by superimposing it over different parts of the world.
http://www.smh.com.au/photogallery/envi … 1adhm.html
Good luck tonight Queensland.
TROPICAL CYCLONE ADVICE NUMBER 19
Issued by the Bureau of Meteorology, Brisbane
Issued at 6:59pm EST on Wednesday the 2nd of February 2011
A Cyclone WARNING is current for coastal and island communities from Cape
Flattery to Sarina, extending west across the tropical interior to the Northern
At 7:00 pm EST Severe Tropical Cyclone Yasi, Category 5 was estimated to be 150
kilometres east northeast of Innisfail and 175 kilometres east of Cairns and
moving west southwest at 29 kilometres per hour.
SEVERE TROPICAL CYCLONE YASI IS A LARGE AND VERY POWERFUL TROPICAL CYCLONE AND
POSES AN EXTREMELY SERIOUS THREAT TO LIFE AND PROPERTY WITHIN THE WARNING AREA.
THE VERY DESTRUCTIVE CORE OF CYCLONE YASI WILL CROSS THE COAST NEAR INNISFAIL
CLOSE TO MIDNIGHT, ACCOMPANIED BY A DANGEROUS STORM TIDE SOUTH OF THE CYCLONE
Tropical Cyclone Yasi, CATEGORY 5, will continue to move in a west-southwesterly
direction and is expected to cross the coast near Innisfail close to midnight.
Coastal residents between Cairns and Ayr are specifically warned of an EXTREMELY
DANGEROUS SEA LEVEL RISE [i.e. storm tide] as the cyclone approaches, crosses
the coast and moves inland. The sea is likely to steadily rise up to a level
which will be VERY DANGEROUSLY above the normal tide, with EXTREMELY DAMAGING
WAVES, STRONG CURRENTS and FLOODING of low-lying areas extending some way
They said on the BBC news a few minutes ago that the evacuation centres in Queensland were already full, and that people were now being advised not to travel and stay inside as it was too dangerous.
I just hope that the damage is not as bad as is being predicted, and that there is no loss of life
Cyclone now appears on the Cairns Radar
Apparently its official nobody anywhere in the world's Weather Centres has seen a Cyclones as forboding and large as TC Yasi
NASA IMAGE of YASI
http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/Natura … p?id=49066
Thanks for the link Barry that is one scary image. In 2000 I went through cyclone Steve. I thought that was bad. That was only cat 3
Does this pic show the Solomon Islands in its path or already passed over ? Are they suffering the same situation as you guys ?
Yasi orignated in FIJI which is South of Solomon Islands
i just hope nobody gets hurt during all this, as i heard it's supposed to be a class 5 storm, and it's set to hit australia late wednesday to possibly early thursday according to this one site i checked out.
Thats right now as I type this message Steve (late Wednesday 11:40pm Australia time, east coast),
This thing is massive, this is Hurricane Katrina's twin sister, except this one is slightly more pissed off. Australia just really did not need a storm like this on the back of some of the worst floods in the countries living memory.
I cannot fathom the horror and despair for over 100,000 Australians in the north of Queensland right now. I will find it difficult to sleep tonight.
Here is a trajectory of Tropical Cyclone Yasi for anyone who may not know what part of Australia the predicted path will hit.
http://www.abc.net.au/news/infographics … 2010-2011/
This link gives a pretty good idea of the size of this cyclone. Apparently it has slowed down, which means it may hit after high tide, which is good news in terms of the expected storm surge. But they are expecting Yasi to take a day to entirely pass. It is still graded category 5, and there have been reports of waves 9.5m high in Townsville. The storm is yet to cross the coast.
http://www.goes.noaa.gov/sohemi/sohemil … mscol.html
Storm Surge is covering first level of homes in some cases ...
I'm sitting here listening to the latest reports and TC Yasi has slowed slightly (from 30km/hour) and the full force is due to hit the coast of Queensland in the next half hour. However wind gusts of over 100 km/hour have been reported and ocean surges of over 9metres are also being recorded. This will lead to major flooding!
To give you an idea how big this monster is here is a link to the Townsville 512 km radar and it stretches for over 800 km.
I can't look away from the radar atm. The eye looks to hit Bingil Bay head on, which is just south of Innisfail. I don't know much about Bingil Bay at all. The eye seems to be stretching as far down as Dunk Island. This is so scary.
I'm just watching the ABC and a resident is being interviewed. It looks very scary to me as well.
The eye is just about to cross the coast at Mission Beach within the next few minutes. The worst is just about to come from the Southern side of Yasi.
see thats why i love aussies,we all support each other when it matters most.I too am watchin it unfold at this very moment from perth in safety and i have lit a candle in hope of everyone there seeing it through the night.Goodluck guys, stafe safe x
The good news is that there are no reports of death so far. The cyclone has now been downgraded to a Category 2 and is over land. We were really lucky that Yasi didn't hit either Cairns or Townsville head on, but there has still been major destruction in the towns hit. This is still on going, needless to say. My thoughts are with all those who have gone through this.
i have written a hub on the aftermath so far. there are many telephone towers down as well as major electricity supply lines.
Cardwell seems to have copped a lot of damage more reports due in soon, Tully houses lost losts of roofs ...
Mission beach and cardwell were the worst hit. Houses can be rebuilt so no deaths is a good thing. Storm surge was not as big as predicted so that's another good thing. Thanks for your posts guys
here's an updated site with links & photos of damage.
Some reports I've heard:
90% of banana crops wiped out; half of sugar crops; rainforests flattened; some coastal towns flattened, traffic lights bent, huge trees snapped
Two big cities didn't get full impact & 'just' had trees ripped & some roofs off
Eye was so big, it was eerie calm for 45 minutes until other side hit. Was like screaming jet engines for hours
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