1:00pm Cairns residents who sought shelter from Tropical Cyclone Yasi overnight can now return to their homes.
Police, SES, Emergency Services, Transport and Main Roads and electricity authorities are currently conducting assessments in regards to damaged caused by Tropical Cyclone Yasi in the Cairns area. This process is expected to take a number of days to complete.
Motorists in the Cairns area are urged to avoid unnecessary travel in order to keep roads cleared for emergency services and local authorities during this time.
10:30am People in Cairns have been warned not return to storm surge areas. A second surge is developing in some areas, and dangerous flooding is occurring.
There are still gale force winds and heavy rain
No reports of casualties or fatalities although we are still waiting on reports from small and isolated communities
No structural damage to evacuation centres but they will remain in lock down until after the high tide has passed
Second storm surge is occurring right now. Waves are crashing over the esplanade in Cairns and this surge is higher than last night.
Major flooding is expected in the northern suburbs of Townsville and Ingham this afternoon.
There is a heavy rain band between Macaky and Townsville which is bringing flooding and may require evacuations
Palm Island, despite being out in the middle of the cyclone area, is reported to be doing well with no major structural devastation although some roofs have been lost
9am. Winds are weakening but still disruptive. There are still very heavy rain areas. Winds are easing around the east and moving inland fairly rapidly.
8am: Residents urged to stay indoors. Power lines are down, there is debris on the roads and flooding is likely with a high tide still expected this morning. History shows that more people die in the aftermath of a cyclone than in the actual storm. Stay safe indoors
20 Telstra mobile sub stations are down
6-8 hours left in generators and still no power
Destructive gale force winds are still blowing
Storm surge not as bad as expected because the storm hit land after high tide but there are still big waves and a high tide expected this morning.
Today is the day when pets will go missing- please ID all pets, keep dogs on lead and cats confined