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Category five Cyclone Yasi has knocked out the weather bureau's radar system on Willis Island, about 450 kilometres east of Cairns in far north Queensland.
The weather bureau's radar and wind speed measurements on the island failed just before 9am (AEST).
The bureau says the maximum wind speed recorded before the equipment went down was 185 kilometres per hour.
Three weather observers and a technician left the island yesterday.
Originally posted by Seekeye2
They're now reporting up to 300k gusts WOW! God help them.
Originally posted by 12voltz
So the weather monitoring station on Willis island was destroyed,This is a device built to measure weather and therefore built to withstand extreme weather and tested in a wind tunnel,You would think that if it was built properly it would withstand anything nature could throw at it.My point is that this cyclone is so strong that its pushing the limits known to us.Catastrophic damage about to be unleashed