Date & Time of Disaster With winds constantly increasing from 205 m/hr to 250 km/hr, t he destructive Cyclone Yasi flattened the Northern Queensland coast and its surroundings with a system of Category 5 on February 3 of 2011 between 12 am to 1 am . One person died when they were poisoned by fumes from a portable generator. It is now heading towards the town of Isa, in the far west of Queensland. It did however destroy 30% of the houses in Tully. Cyclone Yasi was one of the most significant, powerful and devastating natural disaster that hit the northern area of Australia’s second biggest and third most populous state – Queensland. Yasi was a category 4 storm with winds of 155 mph made landfall on the eastern Australian coast on February 3rd, 2011. On 2 February, it was upgraded to a Category 5 system and made landfall near Mission Beach (138 kilometres south of Cairns) between midnight and 1:00am (AEST) early on Thursday 3 February. Cyclone Yasi has been downgraded to a category two storm as it continues to cross north-eastern Australia. Cyclone Yasi clean-up threatened by floods First death in confirmed, but Queensland residents and officials amazed more were not killed in the storm Published: 4 Feb 2011 With winds of up to 290km/h (181mph), Yasi is as powerful as Hurricane Katrina, which struck New Orleans in 2005, killing 1,800 people and causing $81bn (£50bn) of damage. Maximum waveheights associated with Yasi … Cyclone Yasi developed as a tropical low north-west of Fiji on 29 January 2011. Image Credit: NASA/JPL/Colorado State University/Naval Research Laboratory › View larger image Damage to power lines left 150,000 homes … Severe Tropical Cyclone Yasi began developing as a tropical low northwest of Fiji on 29th January and started tracking on a general westward track. Cyclone Yasi did not cause the damage that government expected as it missed major cities. Tropical Cyclone Yasi was making landfall as a powerful Category Four cyclone with maximum sustained winds near 135 knots (155 mph/ 250 kmh) on Feb. 2, at 1500 UTC (10 a.m. EST/ 1 a.m. Australia local time on Feb. 3). CloudSat overpassed the storm at 1520 UTC on February 1, 2011, about 32 hours before the storm hit the coast. At least 75% of the banana crop was destroyed, and damage to the sugar cane farms is expected to cost about AU$500 million. Cyclone Yasi, a category 5 system, passed directly over Mission Beach, a small coastal community of about 1,000, 90miles (160km) south of Cairns. Then it was intensified into Category 4 system on 1st February. It was located about 245 miles east of Cairns near 17.5 South and 146.8 East and moving west-southwest near 13 knots (15 mph/ 24 kmh). The system quickly intensified to a cyclone category to the north of Vanuatu and was named Yasi at 10pm on the 30th by Fiji Meteorological Service. The tropical cyclone struck between midnight and 1 am trampling over many north Queensland communities on the 3rd of February 2011.
Tropical Cyclone Yasi was a tropical cyclone that caused a lot of damage when it reached the Australian coast at about midnight on Wednesday 2 February 2011. When it made landfall in North Queensland about 1am (AEDT) on February 3 it began to carve a path of destruction and devastation across far north Queensland that will take months and years to recover from. Facts about Cyclone Yasi 1: the intensity of Cyclone Yasi On January 31st, 2011 at 7 UTC, Cyclone Yasi reached category 3. On the 1st of February 2011, Cyclone Yasi started to accelerate towards the Queensalnd coast while upgrading to category 4.