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Cyclone Yasi Update

Cyclone Yasi
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(4.8) marks: 4

As at 01:52 AM Wednesday Morning the Bureau of Meteorology reports that:

Cyclone Yasi will continue to move in a west-southwesterly direction during today, and may intensify slightly.

Already a strong category 4 Cyclone, Yasi continues to track towards Queensland's Northern Coast and is expected to make landfall between Cairns and Innisfail in the far north of the state.

With winds expected to increase throughout Wednesday morning much of North Queensland has been placed on either cyclone alert or cyclone watch as of Tuesday.

Between Cooktown and Ingham these winds are expected to become DESTRUCTIVE with gusts in excess of 125km/hr during the afternoon and VERY DESTRUCTIVE with gusts above 200 km/hr between Port Douglas and Cardwell during the evening as the cyclone approaches. These VERY DESTRUCTIVE winds will extend onto the coastal ranges including the Atherton Tablelands this evening.

The Bureau also warns that:

As the centre approaches and crosses the coast SEA LEVELS between Cairns and Townsville will rise significantly above the normal tide with DAMAGING WAVES, STRONG CURRENTS and FLOODING of low lying areas in coastal parts.

Throughout Tuesday, all islands in the path of Cyclone Yasi have been evacuated with airlines increasing services to the island to assist in the evacuation process.

Other people such as staff and boating guests have also made their way back to the mainland using boats.

In cairns, many of the residents have self initiated evacuation, with many taking to vehicles on the road south to Townsville or west to the Atherton Tablelands.

Cyclone Yasi is expeected to also have an impact in these areas but to a lesser degree.

The Queensland Government has taken the serious step of evacuating more than 250 patients from the two hospitals in Cairns to ensure their safety, Panick buying in Cairns has also seen all shops stripped of foodstuffs.

A quote from the Premier of Queensland:

"This storm is huge and it is life-threatening ... I know many of us will feel that Queensland has already borne about as much as we can bear when it comes to disasters and storms, but more is being asked of us - and I am confident that we are able to rise to this next challenge."

Michael Palmer

Photo: Supplied

Date: 01/02/2011

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