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Tramp
19-03-06, 21:20
Cyclone Larry destroying Qld homes


Monday Mar 20 09:12 AEDT
Category four Cyclone Larry is tearing homes apart as it crosses the far north Queensland coast, with police unable to leave their station to answer desperate calls for help.
The most destructive part of the huge storm has made landfall near the town of Innisfail, south of Cairns, unroofing homes with wind gusts reaching 290kph.
Larry's winds are at least as strong as those Cyclone Tracy unleashed in Darwin in 1974, in a storm that killed 71 people and destroyed more than 70 per cent of the city's buildings, leaving over 20,000 people homeless.
Cyclone Larry was upgraded to a category five storm but has since gone back to a category four.
Innisfail police have been inundated with calls from residents whose homes are "literally crumbling around them".
"We have roofs flying off in Fly Fish Point, Silkwood and in the city centre," a Innisfail police spokeswoman said.
"And we have trees across roads."
She said most of the destruction was occurring in the regions just north-east of the town.
Police had been unable to leave the station, despite hundreds of calls for help, she said.
Callers were very scared.
"Homes are literally crumbling around them," she told AAP.
Innisfail Hospital director of nursing Leslie Harris said wards had been cleared to make way for possible cyclone victims.
Queensland Premier Peter Beattie says Cyclone Larry is expected to be more powerful than Cyclone Tracy, which devastated Darwin in 1974.
"This cyclone is a category five now and compared to Tracy, which was also a category five ... the heart of Tracy was 47 kilometres, this is 100 kilometres and the front itself is 300 to 400," Mr Beattie told the Nine Network.
"So we are very concerned about it, it's the worst cyclone we've had in decades."

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İAAP 2006

This is happening right now. The eye has passed and they are coping the second half.

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See the second cyclone forming off the Queensland coast on the right hand side.

tlr online
19-03-06, 21:21
Blimey. Quiet as a mouse here. :(

Tomb of Legends
19-03-06, 21:23
Damn! I missed the biggest cyclone yet!

I was there for Steve tho! Nearly my entire family live there in Cairns :(

Tramp
19-03-06, 21:27
They've just had a lady that owns a motel in Innisfail on the phone and you can hear the wind over the phone. This cyclone has a bigger front than Cyclone Tracy that destroyed Darwin. The front is over 100km.

Hurricane Katrina was a category 5.

I went through the Cyclone that hit Brisbane in the January the same year Tracy hit Darwin. Never again thank you. It was horrendous.

Tramp
19-03-06, 22:10
Larry has been upgraded to a Category 5.

mizuno_suisei
19-03-06, 22:17
I am sooo Lucky that Perth doesnt get STRONG Cyclones and stuff. But i hope everyone in Eastern Australia Gets out of it ^^

frostfur452
20-03-06, 04:56
I am sooo Lucky that Perth doesnt get STRONG Cyclones and stuff. But i hope everyone in Eastern Australia Gets out of it ^^


Yup, Lucky us that nothing too major ever hits us.

stereopathic
20-03-06, 06:23
they're talking about this on the news radio right now. i thought of all of you aussies on here and i hope you're all doing fine. hurricane rita smacked us around pretty good last year and killed my previous computer. buckle down and stay safe, guys. my thoughts are with you.