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Tropical Cyclone Yasi « Previous | |Next »
February 2, 2011

The Bureau of Meteorology says that Cyclone Yasi is likely to be more life-threatening than any experienced during recent generations. The cyclone is expected to cross the coast in the Innisfail area at about 10pm.

Yasi’s immense size and power will surpass that of Australia’s deadliest and most notorious tropical storm, Cyclone Tracy. Tracy hammered Darwin on Christmas Eve in 1974, all but wiping out the Northern Territory capital and killing 65 people.

Tracy was far smaller than Yasi, but the fact it made landfall on top of Darwin was the deadly blow. Yasi will make landfall south of Cairns near the coast at Innisfail.

This cyclone is a deadly event. The latest tracking map of the cyclone from the Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology

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The first waves of Cyclone Yasi hit the Esplanade in Cairns around 8am this morning. Rain is now falling in Cairns. The wind is pickling up. A real time map of Yasi.

Update
Cyclone Yasi is expected to hit around midnight local time tonight. It is not expected that the cyclone will diminish in intensity. 6.6. metres waves hit Townsville this afternoon; now they are 9.6 metres. This is the latest tracking map from the Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology:

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The low-lying coastal areas in Yasi's path are going to devastated with waves going through houses. Those who have not fled these homes, and who have been advised to shelter in the smallest rooms in their houses to wait out the storm, are in danger. They cannot go outside and cannot be rescued, as emergency services are in lock down.

Why are people allowed to build in these low lying areas by the local and state governments? They would have maps of areas impacted by rising sea levels caused by global warming.

| Posted by Gary Sauer-Thompson at 11:51 AM | | Comments (5)
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you would need to bunker down for the duration of this particular cyclone and you sure shouldn't be venturing outdoors unless it's an emergency.

The cyclone is predicted to still have category three intensity 12 hours after it crosses the coast, when it is 450 kilometres inland.

We are lucky we have coal up here. This and the floods is going to take some big money.

Ah... It has been quite some time since a boatload of asylum seekers has wiped out scores of homes and destroyed millions of dollars of property.Please correct me if I'm wrong...

Still, I suppose it's better to be safe than sorry!

People are being turned away from emergency shelters in Cairns. They've left it too late. They'll have to find a place to bunker down for the night. The streets of Cairns and Townsville are eerily quiet. People will be in darkness in their homes without power and communication with torrential rain and very high winds--300k in the core.