Cardwell, Tully and Mission Beach seems to be the hardest hit from cyclone Yasi.
People are finally able to get into Cardwell, it was evacuated before the cyclone hit land, there was 100 people who decided to stay, from what I heard on the radio, some people had been in touch. The marina is totally destroyed, most of the boats, have been ripped apart, some ended up on land. There are power lines down everywhere, roofs torn from buildings, and of course trees got ripped out of the ground, a lot of those trees landed on the power lines. If you would like to know more, the Courier Mail as an article about Cardwell.
Story from a resident at Cardwell that stayed in their house during the cyclone.
Townsville Mayor Les Tyrell has warned Townsville could run out of fresh drinking water tonight after power outages shut down the water treatment plant.
Cr Tyrell has pleaded with residents to conserve water.
“Certainly our water treatment plant at Douglas, our major sewerage treatment plants and the council’s communication system have all been put off line,” he said.
“Unless we conserve water in Townsville, there is a reasonable likelihood that the city could run out of water tonight. Courier Mail.
Townsville was not hit as hard, but it would have still been terrifying for anyone that was in the middle of it, as the winds were still horrendous, there is a bit of flooding in the low lying areas because of the storm surge, some roofs are gone, a lot of trees down but not near as much damage as Cardwell and Tully. For obvious reasons none of these areas have any power. Power is usually tuned off just before the cyclone hits, so that when the power lines come down there is no danger.
The cyclone is still moving inland, but it is now down to a category 1. There is still damaging winds as the cyclone moves on. As people in some areas can leave the evacuation centers, the clean up will begin, some people unfortunately have lost their whole house, others will find major damage, and some people will be able to move straight back into their home.
More photo’s here at the Courier Mail photo gallery.
Photo’s of people getting ready for the cyclone to hit.
Cyclone Yasi Update 3 (Video’s)