Cyclone Yasi in Queensland, Australia

Cyclone Yasi in Queensland, Australia

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Cyclone Yasi, a category 5 cyclone slammed into the Australia's northeast coast early on February 3, 2011, with winds stronger than Hurricane Katrina, ripping apart houses and cutting a swath through sugarcane crops, though no deaths have been reported yet. Yasi hit the shore at Mission Beach is a resort town having about 3,000 people, 1,500 kilometers (932 miles) north of Brisbane, the Bureau of Meteorology said. Yasi is the first category 5 cyclone in Queensland since 1918. The cyclone Yasi is being compared to the 2005 hurricane Katrina in USA.

Comparison of cyclone Yasi and hurricane Katrina:
Cyclone Yasi, February - 2011 Hurricane Katrina, August - 2005
Category Category 5 Category 4
Landfall Expected to hit between Innisfail and Cardwell between 10 P.M. and midnight of February 2, 2011 Louisiana, Mississippi, Florida
Size 500 Km wide 640 Km wide
Eye 100 Km wide 51 Km wide
Wind Gusts 320 Km/h 280 Km/h
Storm Surge Highest point 6.5m - 9m Up to 8.2 m
Rainfall Estimated 1000mm Louisiana 380mm, Florida 350mm, Mississippi 250mm
Damage Potentially devastating to buildings Approximately $91 Billion
Death Toll None recorded yet 1836 people died

As Queensland braces for the worst cyclone in living memory, the important websites and phone numbers are:

For SES assistance phone:132 500

For evacuated and concerned residents call the infoline: 1300 993 191

Cyclone evacuation registration: http://www.Redcross.org.au

Far north Queensland evacuation centers
  • Woree State School
  • Stockland Earlville Shopping Centre
  • Redlynch State College
  • James Cook University Smithfield
  • Trinity Beach State Primary School
  • Mossman Community Indoor Sports Centre
  • Babinda RSL Hall
  • Innisfsail College

Important Websites

Last Updated on: December 18th, 2017