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Homes, hospitals emptied as Yasi looms
Thousands of people are fleeing their homes and hospitals are being emptied as severe tropical cyclone Yasi bears down on the north Queensland coast.
Premier Anna Bligh says lives could be lost when Yasi, expected to be more devastating that Cyclone Larry, makes landfall somewhere between Cairns and Innisfail.
The category three storm is expected to dramatically intensify before hitting the coast as a severe category four about 1am (AEST) on Thursday, with winds in excess of 250km/h.
Much of the north Queensland coast is also braced for a dangerous storm surge, a threat that has already forced many to flee low-lying homes.
Source - Ch 9 News
Cyclone forces 300 schools to close
About 300 schools in Queensland's far north, north and central regions will be closed from Wednesday as severe tropical cyclone Yasi approaches.
Education and Training Minister Geoff Wilson said the safety of students and school staff was the top priority.
"The decision to close schools and TAFEs in the far north Queensland, north Queensland and central regions was made on the advice of individual local disaster management groups and the state disaster management group," Mr Wilson said.
Originally posted by Throwback
This storm looks beautiful! Shame that it's so destructive. And what does black represent on infrared images? No heat? Super hot?
-68 Very pale orange (off-white)
-61 Pale orange
-47 BRIGHT BRICK-RED
-40 Dull reddish-green
-33 Dull green (red tinge)
-27 Dull green (slightly reddish)
-20 BRIGHT LIGHT GREEN
-12 Medium green (bluish)
-6 Dark Green (blue/green)
+1 Light Blue
+8 Medium Blue
+15 Dark Blue
+22 Dark grey/blue
Originally posted by Havick007
reply to post by Beast Of Gevaudan
oh i hope they are ok, my cousin is also up that way and he and his family and in the middle of trying to get away from the coast.
Yeah the Bushfires were horrible, i used to visit my aunty and uncle in Kinglake when i was younger. It was a beautiful place... it still is and will be again. It's because of them the governments are alot more cautious in regard to natural disasters.
Although the councils need to relax the laws on the claring of some trees and scrub!!
Cairns could see a two-metre storm surge - Tuesday, February 01, 2011 » 07:24pm
Parts of Cairns will see a storm surge of up to two metres when Cyclone Yasi hits, authorities say.
Premier Anna Bligh said Yasi would hit as a category four storm around Cairns about 1am (AEST) on Thursday.
She said north Queensland hospital patients would be flown to safety and emergency shelters were being organised for those in flood-prone areas.
Ms Bligh said mandatory evacuation orders were being given in council areas from Cook to Hinchinbrook to people in areas at high risk of flooding.
She said those people should seek accommodation with family and friends but she understood there were some, like tourists, who would have nowhere to go.
Those people should register with authorities by phoning 1300 993 191.
Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology
Tropical Cyclone Warning Centre
Media: The Standard Emergency Warning Signal should NOT be used with this
TROPICAL CYCLONE ADVICE NUMBER 8
Issued by the Bureau of Meteorology, Brisbane
Issued at 8:00pm EST on Tuesday the 1st of February 2011
A Cyclone WARNING is current for island and coastal areas from Cape Melville to
Sarina, extending inland to Georgetown and to the west of Charters Towers.
A Cyclone WATCH is current for island and coastal areas from Lockhart River to
Cape Melville, and over the tropical interior.
At 7:00 pm EST Severe Tropical Cyclone Yasi, Category 4 was estimated to be
950 kilometres east northeast of Cairns and 950 kilometres east northeast of
Townsville moving west southwest at 30 kilometres per hour.
YASI IS LARGE AND POWERFUL TROPICAL CYCLONE AND POSES A SERIOUS THREAT TO NORTH
The Cyclone will continue to intensify and move in a west-southwesterly
DAMAGING winds with gusts to 90 km/hr are expected to develop on the islands
during Wednesday morning, then extend onto the coast during the day, and further
inland across the northern tropical interior overnight.
As the centre approaches and crosses the coast sea levels between Cairns and Townsville will rise significantly above the normal tide with damaging waves, strong currents and flooding of low lying areas in coastal parts.
Latest MTSAT image:
MTSAT - 1R
Originally posted by Chadwickus
QLD just can't catch a break right now can they...
At least all the emergency services are in place and ready to go.
Monster cyclone likely to hit Cairns
North Qld residents are battening down or fleeing as tropical cyclone Yasi bears down with a ferocity greater than the devastating Cyclone Larry.
The latest modelling suggests Cyclone Yasi is on track to hit Cairns about 1am (AEST) on Thursday as a highly destructive category four storm with winds above 250km/h.
The Australian Defence Force has been called in to evacuate hundreds of patients from two Cairns hospitals.
And residents in low-lying areas have been told to abandon their homes with a storm surge of up to two metres expected in parts of Cairns, including the CBD.
Residents in Port Douglas, Yorkeys Knob, Holloways Beach, Machans Beach and the Cairns CBD have been told to move to safety under the unprecedented mandatory evacuation plan.
The area's 190,000-plus population faces the dire threat of a deadly ``tsunami-like'' storm surge of up to 2.5m tipped to inundate waterfront homes and the CBD.
Towns from Cooktown to Townsville are considered in the ``danger zone'' but Yasi is also expected to reach as far south as Mackay and as far west as Mount Isa.