As the headline is telling you, a cyclone threatened Australia!
The cyclone was named Yasi and it was an category 5 cyclone!.. It was supposed to be just as strong as the Hurricane Katrina that Florida experienced in 2005.
They said that the eye of the cyclone had enough energy to give power to the whole earth for a year. And the Cyclone was the most dangerous cyclone ever to hit Australia.
But first thing first!, What is a cyclone?
read the link above for english explination or for Norwegian read this link instead: Tropisk syklon.
The stores was empty for water, bread and meat the day before, since they had to prepare for the cyclone.
To prepare for the cyclone they taped the windows.
The day before the cyclone was supposed to hit I went out to an pub with a lot of people from the hostel. We called it the Cyclone party ..
We had a great time and had really fun!
The day after, we got waken up at 6 AM in the morning by the alarm in the hostel!.. It was time to get a cyclone-briefing. We got the choice between staying at the hostel or go to an evacuation centre. I wasn't sure about what I wanted to do, since the hostel was one of the safest buildings in the whole of Cairns. After a little while I decided to join most of the guys and go to an evacuation centre (though it would be a fun experience). The evacuation centre was a shopping centre just 10 minutes outside the CBD. 2000 people was packed in the place so it was hard to find a spot to sit. They also had to refuse entry after a while since they couldn't fit anymore people inside!
This was actually the first time they ever have been evacuated Cairns because of a cyclone.
It was a huge line outside the evacuation centre.
Inside the centre.
We got ration packs as food :p Here is me, Jannah (a dutch girl)
It was a beautiful rainbow outside before the cyclone hit.
When the cyclone hit we I couldn't even tell, just heard a bit stronger wind than usually, but nothing dramatic. I actually slept pretty good as well
Btw: I got interviewed by Channel 7, Channel 9 and Ten about the cyclone :p
The day after
After a long 24 hours we could finally get back outside and back to the hostel!
But the thing was that was no taxies running in the morning so we had to ask someone else for a ride, then a lovely lady showed up and gave us a ride all the way back.
When we arrived at the hostel Me and Charlie (A guy from the UK) took a little trip down to the bay and just looked at the damages! I also went down a second time with Marco (A guy from Germany).. But unfortunately all the damage we could find was some broken threes and nothing else :/.. Got a little disappointed there.
The eye of the cyclone didn't hit Cairns, and we got really lucky about that!.. Saw some pictures from Tully, Cardwell,Innisfail and Mission Beach were the eye hit, and the pictures wasn't good. Big, big damages!
Watch the damages on this side: Yasi makes a mess
A broken tree after the cyclone.
The bay the day after.
Dancing in the rain
The wind was pretty strong the day after as well and after a while it started raining!
That's when we went out to have some fun:
Fun in the rain!
Marco takes a shower!
We went outside and took a shower, danced, went to the pool and just had fun in the rain
btw: When I listen to the radio afterwards they were talking about us!
Cairns and some other places was effected by a heavy rainfall after the cyclone and it was one of the biggest rainfalls in Cairns' history with more than 260 mm. of rainfall between 9 AM and 11 PM, while it was a rainfall of 56 mm. between 7 and 8 PM.
Some of the cities south of Cairns got flooded as well. Especially in Townsville.
But enough of the dramatics. In the evening we had to celebrate and had our after-cyclone party:
We're Having fun after the cyclone at Corona Backpackers (here we're playing the amazing spoon-game :D)
After-cyclone party at Gilligans
A last meal with my cyclone-family from Corona Backpackers at Woodshed before we left Cairns!
The family at the hostel consisted of two finish girls; Anna and Julia, two dutch girls; Jannah and Jorien, two german guys, Marco and Arne, some german girls; Lena, Theresa, Kathrin, and one english guy; Charlie.
(hope I didn't forgot anyone, then please let me know)
Facts about the Yasi
Formed: 26 January 2011
Dissipated: 3 February 2011
10-minute sustained: 205 km/h (125 mph)
1-minute sustained: 250 km/h (155 mph)
Gusts: 285 km/h (180 mph)
Lowest pressure: 929 mbar (hPa; 27.43 inHg)
Fatalities: 1 indirect
Damage: $3 billion (2011 USD) (Confirmed; full total likely higher)
Deaths cost: only 1 man
Areas affected: Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Papua New Guinea, Queensland, South Australia, New South Wales, Northern Territory and Victoria
On this side you can compare the cyclone to every country in the world, just scroll all the way down.