12:30am Thurs 3 Feb 2011

Grabbed some sleep and woke to the sound of rain on my window. Hubbs was sitting up in the lounge watching the updated wideos streaming live from Cairns. Only one problem – the storm has shifted and now the storm centre was crossing the shores some 125km south of Cairns – and of all the live reporters with satellite trucks and video feed equipment .

Yasi’s storm centre is actually touching down closer to where those people from Cairns had been evacuated ‘to’. Almost like the storm was chasing us rather than the other way around. How’s that for irony.

Here’s the latest from BOM (Australia’s Bureau Of Meteorology):

Remarks:

THE LARGE DESTRUCTIVE CORE OF CYCLONE YASI IS STARTING TO CROSS THE COAST BETWEEN INNISFAIL AND CARDWELL, WITH A DANGEROUS STORM TIDE AND BATTERING WAVES TO THE SOUTH OF THE CYCLONE CENTRE.

Tropical Cyclone Yasi, CATEGORY 5, will continue to move inland in a west-southwesterly direction towards the Georgetown area during the morning.

As the cyclone crosses the coast, an EXTREMELY DANGEROUS SEA LEVEL RISE [i.e. storm tide] will occur between Innisfail and Ayr, peaking between Mission Beach and Lucinda.

Higher than normal tides exceeding the high water mark, and damaging waves will continue between Cairns and Proserpine until at least the morning high tide.

VERY DESTRUCTIVE winds with gusts up to 290 km/h between Cairns and Ingham and the adjacent ranges will extend inland and gradually weaken.

The VERY DESTRUCTIVE CORE of the cyclone will take up to 4 hours to pass.

DESTRUCTIVE winds with gusts in excess of 125 km/h between Cape Tribulation and Ayr will spread inland overnight.

DAMAGING WINDS with gusts to 90 km/hr are occurring in remaining coastal areas between Cape Flattery and Proserpine, and are forecast to extend through to Mt Isa during Thursday.

Winds are forecast to gradually ease about the east coast during Thursday morning.

FLOODING RAINS will develop from Cooktown to Proserpine tonight and gradually extend inland.

BOM’s full accounting can be read here.

Will updatge as news becomes available – OzMud

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