Yasi is now a tropical low sitting her rather broad arse right over Mt Isa, (1000 km inland) from initially setting her ugly croc covered feet down at Mission Beach. She cut a path west from there leaving a wake distruction and havoc...
I don't think she likes bananas or sugarcane... squishing them flat on her way.
She is also quite opioinated when it comes to her taste in housing. Sparing some and totally obliterating others often right next door to each other.
She is now sitting and having a good old weep on her way to Alice Springs in Central Australia, dumping heaps of rain.
The current death toll stands at 1 with another 2 people missing.
A young chap has been found asphixiated by fumes from the generator he was using while bunkerd down to avoid the cyclones fury.
Townsville... South of the direct impact Zone sufferd major flooding from storm surges and torrential rain with waves being recorded at 9 metres out in Cleeveland Bay (Usually a millpond in comparison.)
There have been damages to houses and property but again no loss of life.
Cardwell recieved huge storm surges..
It it truly amazing that more lives were not lost. It is a credit to the national and state disaster planning authorities for implimenting mandatory evacuation orders for people living in low lying areas, 30,000 households were evacuated in Townsville alone.
And the north Queensland people themselves need to take a big bow for following all instructions from authorities as the disater unfolded.
Many left the region early, of their own volition or arranged to move to areas where the impact would be lessened.
People were warned that during the height of the storm that Emergency services would be bunkered down and would not even try to respond to calls for rescue due to the danger posed to emergency workers.
There has been only one reported call of this occuring, the people involved had been asked to evacuate from their home by emergency workers eight hours earlier and refused to do so. They had decided not to heed the warnings staying put in one of the villas at the marina pictured above.
It is not over Yet as the cleanup continues
Meanwhile... we still have isolated properties and townships in the north of the state along the border with New South Wales
And the bureau has just announced this...
It's a Big One...
Cyclone "Yasi" A catagory 5 Cyclone is rapidly bearing down on the North Eastern seaboard
Already areas south of the storm are being directly impacted by torrential rain and strong winds.