Cyclone Yasi 2011-02-03

Cyclone Yasi developed as a tropical low north-west of Fiji on 29 January 2011.

On 30 January it was named Yasi by the Fiji Meteorological Service.  On 2 February it was upgraded to a Category 5 system and made landfall near Mission Beach (138 km south of Cairns) between midnight and 1 am (AEST) early on Thursday 3 February.

It weakened to a tropical low near Mount Isa around 10 pm on 3 February. Significant wind damage was reported between Innisfail and Townsville.

The towns of Tully and Cardwell suffered major damage to structures and vegetation with the eye of the cyclone passing over Dunk Island and Tully around midnight on 2 February.

The largest rainfall totals of 200-300 mm fell in the 24 hours to 9 am Thursday 3 February in the area between Cairns and Ayr, causing some flooding. A 5 m tidal surge was observed at the storm tide gauge at Cardwell. Other sea inundation occurred between the Cairns Northern Beaches and Alva Beach, causing inundation of parts of the city of Townsville. Towns significantly damaged included Tully and Tully Heads, Innisfail, Ingham, Cardwell, Mission Beach, El Arish, Silkwood and Silky Oak. The estimated total cost is $800 million.

Link: More Info on Cyclone Yasi

Video: Excerpts from Yasi - Reflections of a Monster, a video produced by Cardwell State School P&C featuring photos from residents and narration by Cardwell State School students.

Cyclone Yasi Track and Intensity (BOM)

Jeff Callaghan, retired senior BOM Forecaster talks about Cyclone…

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Retired Senior BOM Forecaster on Cyclone Yasi

An extract from a DVD produced by Cardwell State School P&C. A ph…