Cyclone Yasi

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Cyclone Yasi, NASA Modis Rapid Response
Cyclone Yasi, NASA Modis Rapid Response
Tropical cyclone Yasi - forecast sea level pressure
Tropical cyclone Yasi - forecast sea level pressure

Cyclone Yasi is a category 5 tropical cyclone that impacted North Queensland on 23:00 Wednesday 2 February 2011.

Cyclone Yasi details:

  • 500km wide
  • 200km eye
  • 7m storm surge
  • 1000m rainfall in some regions
  • Landfall at Innisfail and Cardwell, 12 midnight on Thursday 3 Feb 11

Professor Ross Garnaut stated that scientists have predicted there would be more frequent extreme cyclones - though not necessarily more frequent cyclones - due to greenhouse gas emissions.[1][2]

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Forecasts

The wind forecast, as at 10am Wed 2 Feb 2011 was:

  • Maximum winds to 115 knots near the centre.
  • Winds above 64 knots within 30 nautical miles in northern semi-circle and within 50 nautical miles in southern semi-circle with phenomenal seas.
  • Winds above 48 knots within 90 nautical miles in northern semi-circle and within 130 nautical miles in southern semi-circle with very rough to high seas and heavy swell
  • Winds above 34 knots within 190 nautical miles in northern semi-circle and within 280 nautical miles in southern semi-circle with rough to very rough seas and moderate to heavy swell.

Effects and impacts

  • Over 50% of buildings in Innisfail and Cardwell are reported damaged. Mission Beach was also severely damaged.
  • One person was killed, and two are reported missing as at 4 Feb 2011.
  • The Hinchinbrook Marina was destroyed and around $40m of boats piled on top of each other and onto the shore.
  • Sugar cane crops flattened and destroyed. The sugarcane industry losses are estimated to be up to $500 million.
  • Banana plantations flattened and destroyed. Early estimates are that 75 per cent of Queensland's crop has been destroyed. Banana prices in Australia are expected to increase significantly as a result.[3]
  • Costs to insurers is estimated to be A$3.5b[4]

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See also

External links

References

  1. Extreme weather is just the beginning: Garnaut
  2. Cyclone Yasi | Future cyclones could be more extreme: Garnaut
  3. 'It's just too hard': Yasi leaves farmers reeling, ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
  4. Cyclone Yasi to cost insurers AUS $3.5 bln - forecaster, Reuters


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