Goliath Cyclone to hit North QLD

February 1, 2011 | Top News

Cairns is expected to take a direct hit. (Nine News)

Evacuation in three cities in North Queensland, Australia started today as the tropical cyclone Yasi, with winds of  280 kilometres per hour hits landfall.  Around 9000 residents in low-lying areas and hundreds of patients from two hospitals in Cairns were also asked to evacuate to avoid the impact and possible destructions that this storm may bring. It may intensify and reach category five which means winds of up to 300 kilometres per hour.

Considered as Queensland’s worst cyclone, Yasi was formed near Vanuatu and is the second storm to hit the northern part of the state this week. It is so massive that it can cause damages to infrastructure, crops and properties. It is also life-threatening that people were ordered to move to safer and higher areas .

Other communities that received storm warnings are Cooktown in the Far North and Townsville in the far south. The people in the area were urged to secure their homes, conserve water and stock up on their supplies of basic needs.

Described as a “monster, killer storm”, it will hit Cairns at about 1am (AEST) on Thursday. Cairns is a popular travel destinations in QLD. It is known for its rainforest, tropical climate, parks and attractions.  In less than an hour of boat ride, one can reach the famous Great Barrier Reef which is the world’s biggest reef system.

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