Images of a Big Island


I guess you have all heard by now that Tropical Cyclone Yasi smashed into the Qld Coast at Mission Beach last night. Rated at Cat.5 it is the largest storm to impact Qld in a century.
The coast between Townsville and Cairns copped the brunt of the storm with places such as Tully,Cardwell, Mission Beach and Innisfail sustaining major damage. Luckily no reports of major injury or death have been received so far.
The Qld Government should be commended for the planning and procedures they have implemented during this event and our Premier, Anna Bligh has been an absolute trooper during all the disasters that have hit Qld in recent times!
Here in the Whitsundays we had gale-force winds all night but once again no significant damage has occured. Early modelling suggested that TC Yasi would come ashore not to far away from the Whitsundays so everybody was prepared for much worse conditions than we actually got.
Driving around Airlie Beach this morning I was flat out finding anything dramatic to photograph apart from the “surf” in the bay.

A marked contrast to what it is normally like! A few desperate surfers even paddled out in to the mushburgers risking stingers and sharing the line-up with a yacht that had dragged anchor overnight.

Every now and then it would get nailed by a wave that would break outside it and I am amazed the anchor was holding it at all!
The vessel featured in my last two posts was getting a hammering so I thought a couple of shipwreck shots were in order just to have on file.

While we here have escaped this time many people further north have not been so lucky and will take a long time to recover.


9 responses

  1. True North Mark

    Glad to hear you are OK mate.

    I just spoke to a mate who lives in Tully who got smashed…he lives on a property on top of a hill and he reckons there isn’t a tree with a leaf anywhere and most trees were uprooted!

    February 3, 2011 at 1:29 pm

    • Yes they copped it big time! That would have been a very long night up there!

      February 3, 2011 at 1:39 pm

  2. wayte27

    Glad all is well, or well as expected cheers Adrian

    February 3, 2011 at 3:40 pm

  3. Tony Middleton

    Great result with no human casualties !

    Good to see that the Whitsunday region was spared from Yasi. Further north though, I wonder how the agricultural industry will recover after another devastating blow.
    With Tully reporting the most significant damage count, I’m curious how all the small coastal communities from Cardwell to Bramston beach fared. Having spent time in the area a number of times and also some months after Larry, I can’t help but try to visualise how some of these gorgeous places are now.
    Perhaps a higher percentage of the buildings in the coastal areas are newer and hence built to stronger building codes which may have been a factor in comparison to some of the slightly inland areas (Tully, Silkwood etc etc).

    It’s good to see you been able to get out and about again Tim.
    all the best,

    February 3, 2011 at 5:26 pm

    • Looking at the news footage, some of the places on the coast have been absolutely smashed! Port Hinchinbrook Marina is now on land!

      February 4, 2011 at 10:53 am

  4. Tony Middleton

    BTW – despite lack of dramatic disaster types images Tim, I still enjoy seeing the place as you have depicted. It certainly looks funny with waves like that in the bay. The place must be quiet… I recall been at Airlie in June 2007 when it recorded it’s coldest maximums on record – with the coldest max only getting to 12.8C and days of wind and drizzle. The tourists/backpackers cleared out mighty fast and it went like a ghost town in peak season.

    (BTW on that particular day many places in NQ recorded record minimums – a standout was Mt.Isa reaching a chilly 8.1C for memory ! )

    February 3, 2011 at 5:32 pm

    • Thanks Tony, yes I remember that day well! Seeing my breath condense at midday in the tropics was a unique experience!
      Airlie Beach is very quiet at the moment!

      February 4, 2011 at 10:51 am

      • Tony Middleton

        yeah it was ridiculous ! I had 2-3wks spare from work there so I took off up the cape the following day. I am sure Airlie and NQ-FNQ will bounce back – I know I’d love to be in a position where I could be able to be up there atm pitching in etc. And cos I’m a sucker for the region – haha.

        Isn’t some of the aerial footage is incredible – the beaches are strewn 100m inland, I struggled to recognise places ! đŸ˜¦

        best of luck

        February 4, 2011 at 11:50 am

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