Thursday, February 03, 2011

In Yasi's Eye

On Mission Beach, power cables crashed on to the roads and mature trees and palms were toppled by surging winds but local residents also reported a surreal half-hour in the calm eye of the storm, when they popped outside with torches, checked up on neighbours and gazed at the momentarily clear sky.
"It's the strangest thing to go outside and see the stars and there is no wind for half an hour," said Attie Willy of Coral Sea Kayaking, who took shelter in a neighbour's house 150m from the beach to avoid the worst of the storm surges.


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