In the Eye of Cyclone Yasi

Cyclone Yasi ... Innisfail / Pic: Tom Lee Source: The Daily Telegraph

Cyclone  Yasi downgraded to category three but authorities believed that it will leave an unprecedented destruction and heartache to far north Queensland. It made its landfall about midnight (AEST) and the extent of the damage is not known yet.  The worst hit areas are Mission Beach, Tully and Innisfail where power lines were brought down by the gusty winds of up to about 205 km/hr.

The cyclone is now heading its way inland but in the next 12 hours, there will still be strong and damaging gusty winds of up to 125 km/hr.

For the agricultural industry within the cyclone area, around $500 million worth of banana and sugar cane crops are at risk. Tourism was also affected as thousands of visitors were evacuated from the hotels.

Cairns, a popular tourist destination, seems to have been spared from the devastation as thousands of residents spent the night in evacuation centres without power.

People in the hit area described the night as the most horrifying as they waited in the dark for the worst tropical cyclone in living memory.

This morning, the daylight revealed the destruction with roofs and sheds blown away, houses been ripped apart, galvanised iron and debris found everywhere on the streets. The total cost of destruction is still unknown but it is massive.

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