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Tropical Cyclone Tracy


P.K.

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  • Location: Watford
  • Location: Watford

    I can't believe just how small this tropical cyclone was.

    To summarise: It was 10 times smaller than Hurricane Charley, yet it still had a central pressure of 950hPa.

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    Vital Statistics of Cyclone Tracy

    Size

    Gales extended to about 40 km from centre

    Diameter of eye

    About 12 km at Darwin

    Maximum Wind Gust

    217 km/h before anemometer ceased functioning

    Central Pressure

    950 hectopascals

    Storm Surge

    1.6 metres measured in harbour, 4 metres estimated at Casuarina Beach

    Rainfall

    255 mm in 12 hours overnight

    Death Toll

    65 people

    Injuries

    145 serious injuries, over 500 with minor injuries

    Number of Houses Destroyed

    About 70% of houses with serious structural failure

    Total Damage Bill

    Up to $800 million (1974 $s)

    :lol:

    http://www.ntlib.nt.gov.au/tracy

    http://www.storm2k.org/phpbb2/viewtopic.php?t=54257

    An incredible amount of damage was caused by this :)http://images.google.co.uk/images?q=cyclon...G=Google+Search

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  • Location: Irlam
  • Location: Irlam

    I was only 2 at the time, but my parents remember this storm well. We had just moved to Perth in West Australia and they were thinking of moving to Darwin. Thankfully they didn't go. This was a brute of a storm and caused terrible loss of life and damage. A huge relief operation was launched and there was an appeal for funds to help the people of Darwin of which many Austalians gave generously.

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  • Location: Watford
  • Location: Watford

    Am I right in thinking everyone had to leave Darwin until it was rebuilt? :mellow: That is what I remember from the tv programme I saw on this the other day anyway.

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