Cyclone Yasi

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Following on from the recent Australian Floods that devastated much as eastern Australia it seems that those living in far north Queensland are in for what is one of the largest tropical cyclones in history to touch down in the next 24 hours. The storm is expected to continue to grow and be much larger than Cyclone Larry that caused $1.5 billion in damage back in 2006 and decimated the Banana crops across Queensland.  The tropical cyclone has been upgraded from a category 3 cyclone with strong wind guests of 170-225km/hour to a category 4 cyclone with strongest wind gusts of 225-280km/hour and may even reach a category 5 cyclone with deadly wind gusts of more than 280km/hour (100km/hour = 62.50 mph).

To put the event into perspective, the current size of the storm is around 1.7 million square kilometres with a width of around 500 kilometres and the eye of the storm is 100 kilometres wide. You can see from the photo below that the size of the storm is bigger than the state of Queensland it is about it hit and it may strengthen overnight. If you are in an area likely to affected there is a guide on how to prepare for cyclones available as a PDF produced by the Queensland Government. Always seek official information from sources like Queensland Disaster Management Services, including audio message updates on the current state of Cyclone Yasi.

Contact State Emergency Service (phone) 132 500 and if you are voluntarily evacuating, please register with the Cyclone Yasi Evacuation Registration and Evacuation Enquiry Line on 1300 993 191

Yasi

Joint Typhoon Warning Center – USA, USAF, Hawaii

 

Tropical Cyclone Yasi
Tropical Cyclone Yasi

Maximum significant wave height 38 feet
Moving 255 Degrees True at 17 knots
1/2 12noon – Winds  120 knots, wind gusts to 145 knots
2/2 Midnight – Winds 130 knots, wind gusts to 160 knots
2/2 Noon – Winds 130 knots, wind gusts to 160 knots
3/2 Midnight – Winds 80 knots , wind gusts to 100 knots

 

Tropical Cyclone Forecast Track Map

Severe Tropical Cyclone Yasi
Issued at 8:02 pm EST Tuesday 1 February 2011. Refer to Tropical Cyclone Advice Number 8.

Yasi Cyclone Threat Map

Queensland Tropical Cyclone

Social Media Resources for Cyclone Yasi

  1. Facebook Cyclone Yasi Updates
  2. Cairns Disaster Coordination Centre
  3. Townsville Council Twitter Account
  4. Townsville Disaster Information
  5. Queensland Police Service

RACQ Road Conditions Map – Queensland wide list of road closures in order by region

ABC Radio Streams – You can select a local ABC radio station and stream it live to get constant updates on Cyclone Yasi

Cairns Storm Surge Information – The Queensland Police service have provided PDF maps to show areas of Storm Surge and Emergency Zones for Storm Tides

Cairns Evacuations

This data was accurate at 12:26am on Wednesday 2nd February, the Cairns centres will be open from 6am Wednesday, 2 February:

  • Redlynch College – Jungara Road
  • JCU Student Accommodation, McGregor Road, Smithfield
  • TRINITY BEACH PS, Wewak St (replacing Smithfield High School),
  • Woree High School, Rigg Street
  • Stockland Earville, Mulgrave Road (opp Balaclava Rd)
  • Mossman Indoor Sports Centre, Front Street
  • Babinda RSL, School Street (OPEN 7am)

At all locations you will be required to bring your own clothing, bedding, food, medicine and supplies for up to three days. Please keep in mind that space is extremely limited so please do not bring unnecessary items.

Cairns Regional Council Evacuation Routes (Maps)

As of 11:16pm 1/2/11 an evacuation advice has been issued for those Cairns residents in the ORANGE’ zone.  Residents in the ORANGE zone should commence evacuation to higher ground as soon as possible and should register with the Cyclone YASI Evacuation Registration and Evacuation Enquiry Line on 1300 993 191.

Evacuation Area 1 - Cairns CBD (Central)
Evacuation Area 1 - Cairns CBD (Central)

As of 11:16pm 1/2/11 an evacuation advice has been issued for those Cairns residents in the ORANGE’ zone.  Residents in the ORANGE zone should commence evacuation to higher ground as soon as possible and should register with the Cyclone YASI Evacuation Registration and Evacuation Enquiry Line on 1300 993 191.

Evacuation Area 2 - Northern Beaches Machans Beach to Ellis Beach
Evacuation Area 2 - Northern Beaches Machans Beach to Ellis Beach

As of 11:16pm 1/2/11 an evacuation advice has been issued for those Cairns residents in the ORANGE’ zone.  Residents in the ORANGE zone should commence evacuation to higher ground as soon as possible and should register with the Cyclone YASI Evacuation Registration and Evacuation Enquiry Line on 1300 993 191.

 

Evacuation Area 3 - Cooya Beach and Newell
Evacuation Area 3 - Cooya Beach and Newell

As of 11:16pm 1/2/11 an evacuation advice has been issued for those Cairns residents in the ORANGE’ zone.  Residents in the ORANGE zone should commence evacuation to higher ground as soon as possible and should register with the Cyclone YASI Evacuation Registration and Evacuation Enquiry Line on 1300 993 191.

Evacuation Area 3 - Cow Bay to Cape Tribulation
Evacuation Area 3 - Cow Bay to Cape Tribulation

As of 11:16pm 1/2/11 an evacuation advice has been issued for those Cairns residents in the ORANGE’ zone.  Residents in the ORANGE zone should commence evacuation to higher ground as soon as possible and should register with the Cyclone YASI Evacuation Registration and Evacuation Enquiry Line on 1300 993 191.

Evacuation Area 3 - Oak Beach to Newell
Evacuation Area 3 - Oak Beach to Newell

As of 11:16pm 1/2/11 an evacuation advice has been issued for those Cairns residents in the ORANGE’ zone.  Residents in the ORANGE zone should commence evacuation to higher ground as soon as possible and should register with the Cyclone YASI Evacuation Registration and Evacuation Enquiry Line on 1300 993 191.

Evacuation Area 3 - Rocky Point to Cow Bay
Evacuation Area 3 - Rocky Point to Cow Bay

As of 11:16pm 1/2/11 an evacuation advice has been issued for those Cairns residents in the ORANGE’ zone.  Residents in the ORANGE zone should commence evacuation to higher ground as soon as possible and should register with the Cyclone YASI Evacuation Registration and Evacuation Enquiry Line on 1300 993 191.

Evacuation Cairns CBD - Barron Riber to Trinity Inlet
Evacuation Cairns CBD - Barron Riber to Trinity Inlet

As of 11:16pm 1/2/11 an evacuation advice has been issued for those Cairns residents in the ORANGE’ zone.  Residents in the ORANGE zone should commence evacuation to higher ground as soon as possible and should register with the Cyclone YASI Evacuation Registration and Evacuation Enquiry Line on 1300 993 191.

Townsville Evacuations
This data was accurate at 12:26am on Wednesday 2nd February.  Townsville City Council have also set-up a Disaster information page and you can contact them on 1800 738 541, but be advised that the best place for updates is via Townsville Twitter or Facebook page.

At this time parts of Townsville will be potentially affected by a storm tide 1m above the Highest Astronomical Tide (HAT). HAT is equivalent to approximately 4.1m above sea level in Townsville. Some properties require MANDATORY evacuation. If you do need to evacuate, you will be informed in person by 9am Wednesday 2 February. If you are evacuated, you should try to find lodging with friends or family, if you have nowhere to go, the following locations are available for those who have been evacuated:

  • Townsville Showgrounds, West End (report to main grandstand)
  • Commonwealth Government Building, 143 Walker Street, City
  • James Cook University, George Roberts Hall, Parkinson Road, Douglas (open 9am Wednesday)

At all locations you will be required to bring your own clothing, bedding, food, medicine and supplies for up to three days. Please keep in mind that space is extremely limited so please do not bring unnecessary items.

Townsville Storm Surge Potential inundation Maps (1am 2/2/11)

Emergency Contact Numbers

  • All Emergency Calls – 000
  • Townsville Local Disaster Management Group Coordination Centre – 1800 738 541
  • Townsville State Emergency Service (SES) Tarping/Branches Down – 13 25 00
  • Townsville Police (Non life-threatening calls) – 07 4759 9777
  • Ambulance (Non life-threatening calls) – 13 12 33
  • Townsville Fire Brigade (Non life-threatening calls) – 07 4771 2111
  • Townsville City Council (Emergency After Hours) – 07 4727 9000 or 07 4727 8999
  • Ergon Energy (Loss of Supply and Emergencies) – 13 22 96
  • Origin Energy (Natural Gas and LP Gas Emergencies – Leaks only) – 1800 808 526
  • RACQ Road Reports – 1300 130 595
  • Telstra Faults – 13 22 03
  • Townsville Hospital – 07 4796 1111

Please share this article if you find it useful as many of the government websites that contain the pdf maps, images and contact details on this site are already experiencing issues.  I have tried to download and hosted on this blog any relevant maps or diagrams if you cannot access your local Townsville or Cairns City council websites.  Also please consider the social media links to Facebook and Twitter for a constant and reliable stream of updates and stay safe.

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