Tropical Cyclone Yasi

Tropical Cyclone Yasi, February 2011

After the category five cyclone Larry in 2006, which was a 'hundred-year' cyclone, nobody expected anything of that size coming our way again in a hurry.


The last bigger cyclone before Larry was Winifred in 1986, and that was only a category 3 cyclone.
 
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Sign after Yasi in 2011. ©Gondwananet.com

So Larry was seen as a huge exception and 'nothing we have to face again in within 100 years'.. (by people anyway, not necessarily the authorities).

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Sign after Yasi in 2011. ©Gondwananet.com

But only five years after Larry we had to change our minds. Apparently, category five cyclones are not your rare once-in-a-century events anymore.

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Cardwell after Yasi in 2011. ©Gondwananet.com

On the night of the 2nd of February 2011 another category five cyclone, Yasi, crossed the coast of north Queensland, leaving behind about the same degree of devastation as Larry did in March 2006.

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Tully after Yasi in 2011. ©Gondwananet.com

Houses were destroyed, roofs ripped off, and tropical rainforests were once again turned into heaps of bare tree trunks. Banana fields were flattened and banana prices went ten times up just like after Larry.

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Tully Heads after Yasi. ©Gondwananet.com

Yasi had a bit different path. Both Larry and Yasi roughly hit the area between Townsville and Cairns but Larry was closer to Cairns while Yasi was closer to Townsville.

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Townsville after cyclone Yasi. ©Gondwananet.com

Larry's centre crossed the coast at Innisfail and had a path of devastation between Cairns in north and Cardwell in south, with some of the most devastated towns being Innisfail, Babinda and Mission Beach.

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Mission Beach a few days after Larry in 2006. ©Gondwananet.com

Yasi had a wider path and more southern direction, and affected the area between Innisfail in north and Townsville in south, with some of the most devasted places being Cardwell, Tully Heads, and again, Mission Beach, which was probably the only township that coped both cyclones so badly. Quite a lot of devastation also happened in Ingham and Townsville, however they didn't cope it quite as badly as Cardwell, Tully and Mission Beach.

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Mission Beach rainforest recovering five months after Yasi.

With the current global warming tropical cyclones have been predicted to become stronger and more numerous, however we may be quite safe for the next few years while La Nina is around instead of El Nino.

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The paths (roughly) of Larry and Yasi. ©Gondwananet.com











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