posted on Feb, 2 2011 @ 06:06 PM
Can moderators please do something about off topic discussion, conspiratorial thinking (which does not belong in here), and general crap?
Here are some morning updates.
- Premier Anna Bligh says thousands will be homeless after Yasi made landfall at about midnight local time (1am AEDT) at Mission Beach, but was felt
from Cairns to Townsville.
- The storm was downgraded from a category five to a category four as it crossed land but was still the strongest tropical storm to ever hit
Australia. The storm has weakened as it travels over land, the last update at around 6am local time downgrading Yasi to a category two cyclone.
- The communities of Mission Beach, Tully and Innisfail, 50km north of ground zero, are the worst hit, with residents reporting areas of trees are
"shredded". Queensland Police have received widespread reports of widespread damage and destruction but no reported injuries or deaths so far.
- Electricity is out in many communities, with power lines brought down by winds. It will stay off at least until the storm has passed and it is safe
for workers to go out and inspect the damage.
10.40am Emergency crews had to cut their way into Cardwell. Initial reports say the town is devastated. Premier Bligh said Palm Island, "despite
being out there in the middle of it all, has come through reasonably well," with no significant damage.
10.37am Ms Bligh reports that one in three houses in Tully have had their roofs ripped or have been completely destroyed.
10.33am Premier Anna Bligh described the situation as "still very dangerous" in a press conference.
There was no structural damage to any of the evacuation centres where over 10,000 people spent a stressful night.
A second storm surge with the current high tide is creating significant water rises and flooding in areas. She said evacuation centres will remain in
lockdown until the tide recedes.
10.28am Queensland Police have warned people to stay away from the coast, particularly the Esplanade area of Cairns, as the second storm surge creates
No official reports of death or injury so far.