Cyclone Warning – Queensland

 A Cyclone warning is current for coastal and island communities from Cooktown to Yeppon and adjacent inland areas, and from Cape Melville to Cooktwown and adjacent inland areas east of Richmond.

Today 01.02.11, at 1:00 pm EST Severe Tropical Cyclone Yasi was estimated to be 1120km east northeast of Cairns and 1110km east northeast of Townsville moving west at 34km per hour. The Cyclone is expected to continue intensifying as it moves west over the Coral Sea.

Damaging winds are also expected to develop about coastal and island communities between Cape Melville and Yeppoon Wednesday morning, extending to adjacent inland parts east of Richmond during Wednesday afternoon and evening.

Travels in these areas are strongly discouraged.
In light of the forecast weather conditions in the coming days:
- The Whitsundays Island’s resorts (Hamilton Island, Hayman Island, Daydream Island…) are being evacuated, cancelling or postponing bookings to a later date.
- Hamilton Island airport will be closing after its last flight departs on Tuesday 01 February.
- Cairns, Mackay and Townsville airports will be operating as normal on Tuesday 01 February.
- All Kuranda Scenic Railway services will be cancelled through to and including Friday 04 February.
- Ports from Cairns to Mackay will be closed from late Tuesday 01 February.
- Sailing companies will no longer operate.

We will keep you updated hour after hour about the evolution of the situation in Queensland.

For further information, consult the government website: www.bom.gov.au

Tropical Cyclone Forecast Track Map

7 Responses to “Cyclone Warning – Queensland”

  1. A Cyclone warning is current for coastal and island communities from Cape Flattery to Sarina, extending inland to Julia Creek and to the the area west of Croydon. A Cyclone watch is current for the remaining inland parts west to the Northern Territory border and north of Winton.

    Today 02.02.11, at 04:00 pm EST Severe Tropical Cyclone Yasi was estimated to be 250km east of Cairns and 275km north northeast of Townsville and moving west southwest at 35km per hour.

    TC Yasi, CATEGORY 5, will continue to move in a west-southwesterly direction. The cyclone is expected to cross the coast between Innisfail and Cardwell about 11:00 pm EST.

    SEVERE TROPICAL CYCLONE YASI IS A LARGE AND VERY POWERFUL TROPICAL CYCLONE AND POSES AN EXTREMELY SERIOUS THREAT TO LIFE AND PROPERTY WITHIN THE WARNING AREA,ESPECIALLY BETWEEN CAIRNS AND TOWNSVILLE.

    DURING THE EVENING, THE VERY DESTRUCTIVE CORE OF CYCLONE YASI WILL CROSS THE COAST BETWEEN CAIRNS AND INGHAM, ACCOMPANIED BY A DANGEROUS STORM TIDE SOUTH OF THE CYCLONE CENTER.

    Travels in these areas are strongly discouraged.

    In light of the forecast weather conditions in the coming days:
    - The Whitsundays Island’s resorts (Hamilton Island, Hayman Island, Daydream Island…) are being evacuated, cancelling or postponing bookings to a later date.
    - Hamilton Island airport is closed
    - Cairns airport is ceasing operations at 10am on Wednesday 02 February
    - Townsville airport is preparing to activate Stage 3 of the Cyclone Management Plan which will close the passenger terminal and the airport for arriving and departing aircraft
    - Mackay airport is operating as normal
    - All Kuranda Scenic Railway services will be cancelled through to and including Friday 04 February.
    - Ports from Cairns to Mackay are closed
    - Sailing companies will no longer operate.

    We will keep you updated hour after hour about the evolution of the situation in Queensland.

    For further information, consult the government website: http://www.bom.gov.au

  2. A Cyclone warning is current for communities across the tropical interior from west of Charters Towers and south of Croydon extending to the Northern Territory border, including Mt Isa and Longreach.

    Today 03.02.2011, at 1:00 pm EST, Tropical Cyclone Yasi, was estimated to be 150kms south northwest of Richmond and 295kms east northeast of Mt Isa and moving west southwest at 40 kilometres per hour.

    TC Yasi continues to weaken – and has already been downgraded to a CATEGORY 1 cyclone – but is producing heavy rain and dangerous wind gusts.

    TC Yasi has left many homes without power and properties damages behind him but the initial expected damages were not as severe as feared. The authorities and people have already started to clean up damages and most resorts are open or will reopen for business throughout the day.

    - The Withsunday’s Islands Resorts (Daydream, Magnetic Island, Hamilton Island…) have received minimal damage and most of them are open or will reopen during the day
    - Townsville airport is still closed and Cairns & Hamilton Islands airports will reopen on Friday 04 February (buses will start operating again as normal tomorrow in Carisn)
    - Mackay airports is open
    - All Kuranda Scenic Railway services are cancel through to and including Friday 04 February until further notice

    We will keep you updated hour after hour about the evolution of the situation in Queensland.

    For further information, consult the government website: http://www.bom.gov.au

  3. > THERE IS NO MORE CURRENT CYCLONE WARNING ACROSS AUSTRALIA.

    The population is now cleaning up the streets and damages with the help of the authorities.

    - The Withsunday’s Islands Resorts (Daydream, Magnetic Island, Hamilton Island…) have received minimal damage (except Dunk and Bedarra Islands) and most of them are open or will reopen shortly
    - Tourists planning to go to Whitehaven Beach and the Great Barrier Reef will have to wait until the weekend
    - Townsville, Cairns, Mackay and Hamilton Island airports are open
    - All Kuranda Scenic Railway services are cancelled through to and including Friday 04 February.

    We will keep you updated about the evolution.

  4. NORTH QUEENSLAND IS TRULY OPEN FOR BUSINESS.
    Cairns International Airport is fully operational. Accommodation in Cairns, Palm Cove, Port Douglas, Cairns Tablelands, Daintree and Cape Tribulation is open and most tourism product will be operating as normal from Saturday 5 February.

    The resort area of Mission Beach on the Cassowary Coast will take time to recover. Check with individual tourism operators and accommodation houses in the Mission Beach area for specific details.

    You can continue to book and send clients to the Cairns & Great Barrier Reef region within Tropical North Queensland.

    - Boats to the Great Barrier Reef from Cairns and Port Douglas resume operation Saturday 5 February.
    - All accommodation in Cairns and areas north of Cairns are operating as normal.
    - Most day tour operations and attractions are back to normal from Saturday 5 February.
    - Cairns, Port Douglas, Palm Cove and the Atherton Tablelands had vegetation damage but no major damage to buildings or infrastructure.
    - All local roads and transport links are operating as normal.

  5. Dunk & Bedarra Islands:
    Dunk and Bedarra islands were severely damaged by the cyclone and will not be able to open for guests for a number of months.
    Indeed, all bookings are cancelled and no further bookings will be accepted for stays up to and including 31 August 2011.

  6. Tropical Cyclone Anthony and Yasi Update

    Hayman will be forced to suspend new and existing bookings for the period 6 March to 31 July 2011 in order to repair damage caused to the island by Tropical Cyclones Anthony and Yasi, which passed over Hayman on 30 January and 2 February 2011.

  7. Unfortunately due to Tropical Cyclone Yasi, Dunk and Bedarra Island sustained a considerable amount of damage. This has resulted in both island’s being temporarily closed for clean up and rectification until April 1st, 2012.

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