Yasi was a monster sized cyclone and easily visible on a blobal scale.
We were given several days notice to prepare for the worst and evacuated our guests from the residence to secure private accommodation in Cairns.
Following some roof damage from Larry, the residence roof was replaced and upgraded to more recent cyclone area standards.
The Old Pottery project was partially complete when the cyclone hit.
All the new 'commercial strength' glass doors came through without any damage, as did the new roof. The new carport was not yet erected but special additional bracing was a part of the design requirement.
The Casowarries survived the blow but struggled for at least a year afterwards as their food supply was demolished along with other vegitation. Supplementary feeding was initiated to tide them over.
From Bureau of Meterology report:-
Yasi is one of the most powerful cyclones to have affected Queensland since records commenced. Previous cyclones of a comparable measured intensity include the 1899 cyclone Mahina in Princess Charlotte Bay, and the two cyclones of 1918 at Mackay (January) and Innisfail (March).
Crossing time:12 am - 1am EST, 3 Feb 2011
Crossing location:Near Mission Beach, 138km S of Cairns
Extreme Values During Cyclone Event (estimated)
Maximum sustained wind speed:205 km/hr (estimated)
Maximum wind gust:285 km/hr (estimated)
Lowest central pressure:929 hPa