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Category 5 Cyclon Yasi approaching Queensland


asik 2 | 220
2 Feb 2011  #1
The biggest and strongest cyclone to ever approach Australia is just approx. 12 hours away from the Queensland coast.
Cyclone Yasi is 500km wide, with 100km wide eye and is expected to landfill today between Cairns and Townsville with gale forced winds upwards of 300km/h.

news.ninemsn.com.au/national/8205143/yasi-most-devastating-in-queenslands-history

God have mercy on people in Cairns and the surrounding area!
hancock 1 | 95
2 Feb 2011  #2
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convex 20 | 3,979
2 Feb 2011  #3
God have mercy on people in Cairns and the surrounding area!

Send a cyclone and then show mercy?

Just as a reference, this is like a 35mi wide F3 tornado. Yet, you still have folks like this:

Cairns resident Philip Baker told the BBC it seemed "a safer bet" to stay in his home rather than flee or head to an overcrowded evacuation centre with his wife and young daughter.

"We're as prepared as we can be. There is little left to do but wait.

"The authorities have been wonderful, supplying us with updates and the latest information via text. We've been told that we might lose power and the phone lines in the next few hours."

*sigh*

By the looks of it, quite a few people are going to ride it out: cairnsinfo.com/webcam.php
isthatu2 4 | 2,708
2 Feb 2011  #4
Not much choice,most of the evac centres are full,and besides,its Queensland,you could be 60 + miles from the nearest large secure structure. I would not want to be on the road when it hit thats for sure.

Poor old Oz is fair taking a battering lately,it'll be Bush fires next :(
wildrover 98 | 4,452
2 Feb 2011  #5
I think its a natural instinct to remain at your home if at all possible...

I think i would prefer to ride it out at home , providing i had a strong safe place to hide in , and plenty of supplies...
sascha 1 | 830
2 Feb 2011  #6
youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=7nS_aR8XX_U

I hope they will not get one of those and try what this 'surfer' did.
They suffered enough.
OP asik 2 | 220
3 Feb 2011  #7
cyclone over noone died it was a puzzy one

Noone died- that's how it should be!

The cyclone is still there (now weaker and Category 3 not 5) moving slowly though the land, stright into mining town Mount Isa.
We don't know what the damage is or if anyone was killed. The area is without power and can't be accessed yet. They say there are no damage to the evacuation centers, thx god.

There are towns now called "ground zero" but we don't know the details about the damage yet.

I think its a natural instinct to remain at your home if at all possible...

Are you sure that your house withstand approx.300km/h wind? The best way is to go into evacuation center but with strong structures like shopping malls, which are build here to withstand this kind of disasters and which are partly underground.

Everytime there is cyclone we learn from it, now I am sure where to go, if anything like this happen in my area (Brisbane), unless we build our private bunker.

Just as a reference, this is like a 35mi wide F3 tornado

Cyclone may "work" a little bit like a tornado but it is not really a tornado.

We call it cyclone here in Australia and the similar to this disastrous event is named huriccane in the USA.
Cyclone Yasi is compared with your Huriccane Katrina in 2005 which completely destroyed some areas.
wildrover 98 | 4,452
3 Feb 2011  #8
Are you sure that your house withstand approx.300km/h wind?

Nope...but if you know you are in an area subject to big winds i think it would be easy enough to construct a small shelter that can stand up to such a wind...

anything underground with a concrete roof would be safe enough...
OP asik 2 | 220
3 Feb 2011  #9
to construct a small shelter that can stand up to such a wind...

It is easy to build a shelter against like american's tornado (with winds only) but it makes a big difference when you have a cyclone ( a hurricane) with destructive winds and rain, which heavily floods everything around you.

A structure inside & underground the house would only work but while living in a big city, it'll be easier and safer to seek shelter.
Ashleys mind 3 | 456
3 Feb 2011  #10
I hope they will not get one of those and try what this 'surfer' did.
They suffered enough.

Hooley dooley that is the stuff of nightmares! (Or wet dreams...) ;)
You'd have to be dead already to try that...
hurrican10
3 Feb 2011  #11
there swell must bigger in Queensland than in Hawaii
King Sobieski 2 | 716
3 Feb 2011  #12
Poor old Oz is fair taking a battering lately,it'll be Bush fires next :(

they were 2 years ago:

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_Saturday_bushfires
Ashleys mind 3 | 456
3 Feb 2011  #13
Damn Egypt for stealing our limelight! We only dominate 90% of the news... ;P

they were 2 years ago:

Yeah don't come here people, you'll either get burned, drowned, ripped apart, stung, bitten, poisoned, eaten, drongoed to death or attacked by a killer drop bear... think twice!
Ashleys mind 3 | 456
6 Feb 2011  #15
Well for me that sort of weather's going to pay the bills...

By the way, we've got some of Melbourne's sh1tty windy weather... A 6-day heat wave broken by a Southerly Buster.

*Sigh*... you can't have it all!

Lucky there are no more major cities in Australia... cause I think we've just about run out of weather extremes!
King Sobieski 2 | 716
7 Feb 2011  #16
By the way, we've got some of Melbourne's sh1tty windy weather... A 6-day heat wave broken by a Southerly Buster.

wasnt it related to yasi...the experts in the trade reckon the downpour here was due to yasi.
Ashleys mind 3 | 456
7 Feb 2011  #17
A remnant low and a La Nina system which is now dominating the eastern pacific...

You know I woke up this morning and really *felt* what it must be like to look at your family home - your whole town! Destroyed by something like this... f*cking traumatic!

Everything swept away and beyond recognition... poor bastards. The climate certainly brings folk here together... I would say it's our culture?

Anyway I'm grateful to say that the tropical heat has now eased off somewhat...
What's it like down your end...? Dry?
sascha 1 | 830
7 Feb 2011  #18
I'd say AUS got a lot of weather until now.

Rain, floods, cyklons.... and now for a slight change...fire...

Shi1t happens....
Ashleys mind 3 | 456
7 Feb 2011  #19
Rain, floods, cyklons.... and now for a slight change...fire...

We're nothing if not interesting...

And people wonder why Aborigines never left behind great civilizations...!
sascha 1 | 830
7 Feb 2011  #20
And people wonder why Aborigines never left behind great civilizations...!

?? You don't like them, maybe?

We're nothing if not interesting...

It looks to me like a curse on Aussie-land. Really shi1tty, but I hope you'll get through that.
Ashleys mind 3 | 456
8 Feb 2011  #21
?? You don't like them, maybe?

That's snot what I meant... people always accuse Aborigines of being more primitive than the next anthropomorphic group due to lack of remnant structures, static forms of habitation and absence of monuments that symbolise their beliefs in some way... when in fact it is quite evident that it would have served no higher purpose when you look at the destructive nature of our climate and the weather they would have had to contend with.

No I'm just stating that they probably figured out that it would have been useless to waste time in this heat building stone structures for architects to unravel in the future... you know, useless, like the pilot who fails to do the landing component of his training course... ;P

Do I seem like a racist to you? I may be a little overwhelmed by human stupidity at times but I appreciate and value life way too much to be a racist. You Europeans are always looking for the obvious race card... not so... don't project your foreign policy onto us... ;P

I believe to *really* understand any nationality, you need to don their colours and stand beside them in a sporting match...

The fact is that the whole place could burn to the ground overnight and Australia would *still* be the greatest country on earth... ;D ... though if the weather keeps up like this, I'm moving to New Zealand!

;)
King Sobieski 2 | 716
8 Feb 2011  #22
What's it like down your end...? Dry?

dry where i live, not so in other areas.

but i was out drinking last friday after work and went inside when it started raining and came out and the road was under water. bizarre scenes.
sascha 1 | 830
8 Feb 2011  #23
Ashleys mind

At least it sounded to me like that. ;-)

From what I saw on docs on TV and heared from friends living in AUS it would have been better to listen to them especially with your extreme climate when taking on to civilize the area and urbanize it. ;-)

Sorry that I made the connection to rascist. Glad it's the other way around. Actually I'm personally not belonging to those who are looking on the 'race card'. I'm looking here on PF those who are with me, but until now the number is very very small.

Has probably to sth with the fact who's the majority here. ;-)


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