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 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.
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.
TOP PRIORITY 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 Territory border.
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 CENTRE.
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 inland
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.
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.
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. http://www.bom.gov.au/products/IDR211.loop.shtml
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.