In case you haven’t heard the latest happenings on Tropical Cyclone Yasi that has devastated parts of Northern Queensland, here are a few snippets that will amaze you. Well they amazed me!
Incredible stories of survival are emerging in Cyclone Yasi’s wake. One fisherman only made it back to shore this morning. His boat was smashed into the mangroves south of Cardwell, For those not in the know, mangroves are home to… Crocodiles. So if Cyclone Yasi didn’t do the deed, the Crocs well and truly should have.
The 59-year-old fisherman was tied up to a barramundi farm off the coast of Cardwell when Yasi hit.
The wind picked up his 10 metre boat and dragged it about a kilometer into the mangroves where it was stranded. He had to abandon his boat, then his tinny to get back to shore – through the croc infested mangroves – by swimming the last 30 meters. And no, it didn’t take him 2 days to get back to shore. The story goes that he stayed in his tinny with food and beer until it was safe enough to risk getting ashore again.
Kevin Mason had his home ruined in the recent Rockhampton floods and
clung on with all his life as Cyclone Yasi destroyed his Taylor St home in Tully. He had been inside his home but with water rushing in so fast, he was forced to climb onto his barbecue outside and held on to his pergola for 2 hrs. His dog Cujo was swept away but miraculously reappeared later among piles of rubble.
And the fallout from Cyclone Yasi is still affecting other parts of Australia with Victoria feeling its effects. The extreme storm activity generated by Cyclone Yasi is bringing large hailstones and high winds to flood-affected parts of Victoria with more than a dozen people rescued from floodwaters and 30,000 homes without power. In just two hours more than 100 millimeters of rain fell in the north-western town of Mildura, flowing into homes and swamping cars. The extreme storm activity is bringing heavy rain, flash flooding, large hailstones and high winds.