Yasi is currently crossing the coast.
http://twitter.com/cycloneupdate is in Cairns.
one confirmed (though indirect) death due to Yasi (damn it, I was seriously hoping for none, how amazing that would have been...)
the sailor who went missing among the mangroves, on the other hand, sailed into port this afternoon
Aside from that one, Australia's planning for Yasi was superb, and no one else got killed or even injured.
True, and I've been running over comparisons to Katrina in 2005; I suppose it's not overly fair though, considering the differences between the two locales; our weather is harsh and prone to changing on a whim, and so we take such threats seriously, while the US...well, you lot simply aren't used to such a situation.
We have the first invest in Reunion's area of responsibility this year with the chance of developing:
There's also another invest in the BoM's area of responsibility:Originally Posted by JTWC
These would be named Bingiza and Carlos, respectively.Originally Posted by JTWC
We have Bingiza -- the first named storm in the South-West Indian Ocean for 2011.
And the JTWC has released a TCFA (tropical cyclone formation alert) for the other area of interest by Australia. And usually the TCFAs are pretty accurate, about 80% of the time, when one is issued, the storm forms.
Cyclone Bingiza is at Category 3 on the SSHS, and is about to slam into Madagascar... this could be ugly. Let's hope for the best.
The other storm that the TCFA was issued for has formed in the eyes of the JTWC but not of BoM, so it remains unnamed.
Carlos is gone, Dianne is a full-blown cyclone, and we now have Atu.
Update: Carlos now has a chance of reforming, Dianne is weakening, and Atu exploded into a Cat 2 cyclone (expected to hit Cat 3)
The National Hurricane Center just announced the names retired from last season. Igor and Tomas will never again be used. Ironically, both are the storms to ever receive these names. They will be replaced by Ian and Tobias.
I feel like Poomo tonight.