Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Surviving Cyclone Yasi

Two weeks ago, on the 2nd February, North Queensland survived Queensland's largest and most powerful cyclone ever recorded. The preceding days were filled with anxiety amongst a flurry of activity as we prepared to be pummeled by this monster. I cannot describe the fear as we realised we were directly in its path. As further reports were broadcast, the cyclone moved slightly north so we would escape the direct hit but not it's powerful outer winds. Reports by storm chasers in our area calculate the winds as somewhere between 250kms/hour to 309kms/hour. To grasp the size of this monster cyclone click here. The night of the 2nd February, 2011 was long and frightening and will not be forgotten for a long time.

 When we peered out of windows at first light, with winds still extremely gusty we were greeted with a changed landscape - trees devoid of leaves, striped of bark, others fallen and snapped, electricity power lines fallen and twisted, corrugated iron scattered and crumpled, mountains prickly with the outline of striped trees,sugar cane crops at an unnatural angle. Further north homes and crops totally destroyed. The first 3 or 4 days our area had no water, electricity or telephones. Utilities are being restored gradually with army and tradespeople from all over Queensland and beyond swooping on our area to help with the mammoth task. Many still have no electricity and camping and candlelit dinners are becoming tiresome.

Here I took a few pics of our property.


This 100 plus year old mango tree was uprooted not far from our bedroom.

The roots simply ripped out of the earth with the tremendous force of the winds.

Our machinery shed has a new skylight due to sheets of corrugated iron being ripped off during the cyclone.


Native trees are striped of leaves and bark hence their orange colour


Luckily for us bananas are not our lively hood but we won't be enjoying any bananas from these plants for many months.


The sugarcane crops lie at a 45 degree angle.

This dwelling once housed cane cutters of the district and now was good extra storage for our farm.

Trees snapped and in the background the sugar cane almost lies horizontal.

In the following days as we were able to get around I took a few more photos but honestly it was just too overwhelming to keep taking photos.


The local high school grounds. 

These steel  6 tonne capacity sugar cane "bins" were tossed about as though they were cardboard boxes.  
The Australian Army arrived to lend a helping hand.

Miraculously, only one life was lost during Cyclone Yasi. Police said the young man was killed by fumes from a generator he was running inside a closed room after the storm knocked out electricity.

15 comments:

Lisa said...

Oh my gosh. Thank goodness you're alright.

Renata said...

Thanks God you are fine, I had been waiting for a message from you, and now I'm relieved! Hope everything returns to normal soon.

Manu said...

Wow! This is so bad! But it's a bless that you and your family are all right!
Here in Brazil we suffered with storms, but sadly, we had thousands of deads.
My best wishes for you and your family!

Katie Rose said...

Wow. Good luck with the recovery process. I find it amazing after seeing those pictures that only one person was lost.

Claudia said...
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Claudia said...

Tornadoes are indeed devastating. I'm glad the loss of life wasn't worse.

Jennifurla said...

Wow, what a thing to live through.

shelley c. said...

Oh wow - how frightening. Those pictures are unbelievable - the power of nature is so scary somethimes. I am glad you are okay. I hope things return to normal for you and everyone quickly.

Mary said...

I'm so glad you are okay, and hope that the cleanup is well underway and that life is getting back to normal.

Catalina said...

OMG! That must have been truly horrible. I hope it's now going to be okay and I'm relieved to hear you and your family are allright.

Cakelaw said...

Oh wow, Marcellina, that looks dreadful. I am glad that you and your family are safe.

Chef Dennis said...

I am so glad to hear you escaped the worst of that storm, I just checked out the page you sent us to and it was huge!!! Lets be thankful it didn't do more damage than it did.
cheers
Dennis

Lisa said...

OMG, Marcellina, so glad you and your family are ok. I thought about you quite a bit and kept you in my prayers. Wow, what a number it did on nature and buildings!! cyclones is such a scary storm, and word!! *hugs*

shaz said...

Marcellina, so glad that you and your family are safe and well. I feel terrible, I meant to come over to see how you were going earlier on, but it took a Daring Bakers challenge to get me here *blush*.

Hilda said...

Oh my God, I watched on tv, it´s really horrible.
Wheather is crazy.

Kisses