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(generated from captions) This program is captioned live. I'm Melissa Doyle, live from Tully. Good morning. This morning - the damage from Cyclone Yasi. North Queenslanders assess But now comes a new threat. are standing by Our team of reporters from across the region. with live updates she sees the destruction firsthand. A live briefing from the Premier as Also coming up - who made a big entrance The little ones at the height of the storm.

This is a special edition of

Sunrise, live from North Queensland. the day after Yasi hit. Good morning and welcome to a town trashed by the cyclone. I'm in Tully,

One in three homes, destroyed or

damaged severely. We will show you

around today. Kochie is in Townsville. but the flood threat remains. And, Kochie, the winds have dropped

Driving rain still around

Townsville, all night, the rain has

been pouring down and the wind is

still pretty strong. This

there are warnings for rivers and still pretty strong. This morning

streams between Cairns and

Townsville and we will have the

latest on warnings throughout the

around the region. morning from our reporters right

overnight developments from Nat. But we'll begin with a wrap of the will resume this morning A sea-and-air search in the aftermath of Cyclone Yasi. for a man missing to a tropical depression overnight The category 5 storm has weakened are being told but now hard-hit communities to prepare for flash flooding. Cyclone Yasi's fury - Getting a firsthand look at to the ruined streets of Cardwell. Queensland Premier Anna Bligh took are not recognisable. Parts of this little town right now they assessed the enormous damage. Together with Treasurer Wayne Swan, and streets littered with debris. Trees uprooted, roads destroyed their terrifying experience. Residents spoke of freight train I've ever heard It's the longest, loudest come through Cardwell. Yeah, it was scary as. destruction on a mammoth scale. Just north at Tully, there's

by the category 5 winds. Home after home ripped apart It's all finished in this place. eh, that's it. Who knows what we're gonna do, bore the full force of Yasi. The holiday resort of Dunk Island where the cyclone made landfall, While at Mission Beach, but major damage. no major injuries, crops have been obliterated. Across the region, banana and sugar

about 90% of the crop flattened. I think bananas they say could be across the country. Supply shortages will be felt of the monster storm, But in the midst the birth of three babies. heartbreaking disaster. A silver lining to an otherwise for sure. We're going to nickname her Yasi The streets of Cairo have seen of deadly clashes a second straight day demonstrators. between pro and anti-government rang out on the streets Violent battles and gunshots near Tahrir Square, across the city. as lawlessness spread targeted by pro-Mubarak gangs Foreign journalists have been with reports one is missing.

Meantime, has arrived in Germany the first planeload of Australians has been grounded in Germany but a second flight because of engine problems.

to break up a violent brawl The Riot Squad has been called in in Sydney's west. at a shopping centre were involved in the fight Up to 100 people the Westfield complex which started inside

at Mount Druitt last night. including the Dog Squad and Polair Dozens of police were called in after a tip-off. 13 people were arrested. with minor injuries. One was taken to hospital in Afghanistan The latest Australian soldier to die the finest members of his team. has been described as one of Corporal Richard Atkinson 22-year-old Darwin-based in Oruzgan province this week. was killed in a roadside bomb attack He was just a great young soldier. and make 100 of them. I wish I could clone him with Corporal Atkinson A second soldier on patrol was seriously wounded. In finance news: Time for sport. Here's Beretts. Thanks, Nat. Good morning. chief David Garnsey Rugby League Players' Association

to support Ryan Tandy is calling on Canterbury in the wake of further developments betting scandal. in the Bulldogs/Cowboys from any involvement with the club The 29-year-old has been stood down next month. until he has his day in court misleading information to police. Tandy's been charged with providing has praised Aussie quick Shaun Tait Michael Clarke the leadership of stand-in captain limited-overs campaign. after the home side's successful It's been good. the position. Obviously, he's stepped into be our leader in the World Cup But, I mean, Ricky's going to and he's brilliant. Ponting's already back in the nets in the last one dayer in Perth. but is highly unlikely to play St Kilda coach Ross Lyon the club a second chance is pleading with fans to give off-field incidents. after a string of Clearly, publicly at the moment, there's been some indulgent choices

we've acted with compassion not only have we acted swiftly, and offering a strong way back. and we're supporting the people suspended from the club Four players were recently following a pre-season blow-out. Beacon Lighting. Sunrise Weather brought to you by is now on. Up to 50% Off Everything sale it has to be Beacon. For lighting and fans Rain with possible storms in Cairns. for Townsville. Showers and a chance of storms in Mount Isa. Gusty rain and storms easing

Kochie, you are in Townsville and

being hit by the rain now?

Yes, squalls all night. And

certainly up and down the coast,

flood warnings for rivers and

streams. Having a bit of difficulty

getting Grant's link up at the

moment, he will join us though very

shortly. Also we will who a whip

around the region with the reporters

to give us the very latest and a

little later, the history of Yasi,

how it compares with Australia's

greatest storms. This

seven. greatest storms. This is Sunrise on

BY BAND OF SKULLS PLAYS) ('I KNOW WHAT I AM' If you want to know how to get through your city, there's only one car. New Nissan Micra - in sync with the city. Sunrise keeps in touch with the new BlackBerry Pearl thanks to our friends at Telstra. Let's get a picture of how this region is the morning after Yasi. Our team is in the cyclone zone.

Michelle Tapper in Cairns, good

morning, after the cyclone came

through, Michelle, yesterday

afternoon, the rain was torrential

and there was flash flooding?

That's right, Mel, it is hard to

believe this morning because it is

near perfect morning here in Cairns.

But late yesterday this entire area

around the esplan around the

around the esplanied's lagoon was

flooded, the CBD was flooded and the

water was lapping at the shop front

doors but fortunately most had

sandbags in place. Some areas

received up 20050 mL including the

airport. It is hard to believe it is

gorgeous this morning but we are

expecting heavy rain, strong

thunderstorms throughout the day and

the flooding started with the storm surge yesterday

surge yesterday morning add 9:30 so

there is a flash flood warning in

place for the streams and creeks so

people are being told to watch out. It

people are being told to watch out.

It is far from over. Edwina Bartholomew in Townsville. What are you seeing this morning?

The main issue here at the moment is

power. There are some pockets of the

city that have power, for example,

that block does, we don't here. That

has affected the water treatment

plant which has lost power as well

so the warning went out yesterday

for all Townsville residents to

conserve water, fill buckets because

the fear is it would go out last

night. It has hasn't happened but

the warning stands. The clean-up

began yesterday as we were on air,

cleaning up, clearing the debris,

getting rid of the

getting rid of the trees, the

airport will reopen today for most

of the flights to come in and out

with more emergency supplies and

services and to restock the

supermarkets here as well, which is

very good news. Townsville is okay,

I mean most of the

I mean most of the damage done here

was only slight, the worst damage

was yesterday's storm surge, similar

to cairn at 9 ow o'clock, we saw

some of the flooding on air, we saw

it subside and residents left the

evacuation centres yesterday and

returned home.

The clean-up is

The clean-up is phenomenal, mazing

how everyone has come through and

gathered the debris and rubbish together. Nuala Hafner at Emergency Management Queensland. How's the recovery going elsewhere in the state?

Good morning, Mel, I have got to

Good morning, Mel, I have got to say this is the quietest I have seen

this place since the disaster began

and that is the good news. It is now

the transition between disaster

management and the reconstruction

effort. Looking outside of the

disaster zone, the coastal area, as

forecast, Cyclone Yasi continued to

weaken as it moved inland, it is now

no longer a tropical cyclone but a

tropical low just near Mt Isa, the

good news, the rain fall hasn't been

as heavy and strong as forecasts.

Still gusts of up to 90km/h but they

are 60km/h generally. A bit of flash

flooding here and there but in terms

of rain, we are talking 30 mL for Mt

Isa compared to the 250 Michelle was

talking about in Cairns and the 260

in Townsville. So the greatest

concern is along that coast, the

trough sitting there, continuing to

produce a lot of rain. As Michelle

said, flood warnings from Cairns to

Townsville for all the river systems

and catchments and also the adjacent

inland from there. Where will the

tropical low go? They are expecting

it to cross the Northern Territory

border this morning, Alice Springs

is on the hit list, they are worried

bough flash flooding. They are no

stranger to the wet season, but the

winds associated with this will be

right up there, gusts up to 90km/h

and the severe thunderstorms, there

is an alert for that, because you

don't know, there are isolated cells

that can develop at any time around

this system. Still very much on high

alert but the news is getting better.

O cay, Nuala, thank you for the

update, Eddy and Michelle we will

check with you later. I am in Tully,

140 Ks south of Cairns. We drove in

as did Grant Denyer. He is looking

at the residential side, having a

few difficulties getting the link

up, we are in post-cyclone zones,

communications are not the easiest.

There is no power, we have a

generator for power and light.

generator for power and light. But in the residential side of things,

one in three houses lost their roof

or demolished. The impact on a tiny

community like Tully is enormous,

3,500 people live here, 20% of

businesses severely damaged at

least. Grachbt was showing us the

staggering pictures of banana

farmers, the big pictures for rural

is bananas and sugar and a major

spot for backpackers to come in

every season and do fruit picking.

We will find out over the next day

or two how much the industries have

been annihilated. Sugar is grown

here, processed at the Tully sugar

plant and sent for refining

elsewhere. Huge banana growing bowl,

we saw the impact of Cyclone Larry

and the huge impact, I am thinking

we will be in the same situation for

that. We will check with Grant later. Shortly, what will the cyclone mean for insurance premiums across Australia? Plus, the plan to rebuild towns across North Queensland. The region's mayors join us live. But next, helping kids through the disaster. You're watching a special edition of Sunrise live from North Queensland. OMG. Doctor, he's awake. You're OK. Do you know what happened? Ah, I was, like, at this music festival, but how did I, like, get... You were texting too hard. Oh. Nurse, can I have a moment, please? Random. Son, were you on any special offers? Um, like this one that gives you free talk and text all weekend, smiley face? It's an epidemic! Oh, frowny face. The new Telstra Prepaid Weekend+ offer. Free standard national talk and text all weekend with a $50 recharge. PETER PHELPS: We know how catastrophic bushfires can be. it's vital you know how to prepare, act and survive. There are things you need to do now, and things you need to be PREPARED to do in an emergency. Make a bushfire survival plan - when you'll leave, what you'll take, what to do with animals. Wait until the fire's on top of you and you may die.

A live shot of Townsville this

morning. And rain with possible

storms and a top of 30 degrees. And

sort of shows how delicate

everything is, lights, power coming

in and off on a regular basis. No

certainty to power in the cities a

yet. Water treatment plant still not

operational and residents have been

advised to avoid drinking water. The impact of a disaster can be particularly stressful for kids. Mike Penrose is the Director of Emergency Response at Save the Children and he joins us now. Why is it important that kids in particular

I guess everyone will be affected by

this but why is it so important that

kids in particular have a recovery

effort focused on their needs?

Well, we found from our emergency

response operations from all over

the world, from Pakistan to Haiti,

if you provide children in the first

instance after a disaster with just

the ability to be children and have

some semblance of narm alt that be

resilient. But if you leave children

to cope with the same things as

adults it can have a long-term psychological feebt.

I met some of your amazing

volunteers in Brisbane, they had

clowns, TV, games, craft, so much

entertainment, is that the support

you will provide this time around?

You need kids to do fun things to

almost be a distraction?

It is very much that. That is what

we are providing. We have teams

trying to get into the worst

affected areas, in Townsville and at

present, and what we hope, in the

area set up where people will be

recovering and going we will provide

both entertainment kids, which will

help psychologically and also

somewhere parents can put kids with

safe and qualified child care people

while they try and reconstruct their


That is a really important point

too, there is so much work you need

to do and the last thing you want in

a dangerous environment is to have

your small children around. You have

worked in emergency overseas

earlier, ahodoes the relief effort compare in size?

I think we are still coming to terms

with the impact the cyclone has has

had. But certainly in terms of the

storm itself, it is one of the

largest I have seen. One of the

things we have found from Brisbane,

the Australian emergency service and

Queensland communities are

incredibly resilient and good at

reconstructing. We provide something

that works from all over the world,

from Pakistan to hite, children are from Pakistan to hite, children

Haiti, children are children.

Queenslanders are very resilient.

Thank you for your effort, it

Thank you for your effort, it is appreciated. Thank you.

You got to spare a thought,

especially for the little ones, they

would have been so scared in all this.

Yes, as we were speaking to the

trauma expert yesterday, they are

the ones who need the big hugs and

reassurance of safety. Coming up

after the break, all the rest of the

news and sport and the Premier

witnesses the devastation firsthand,

Anna Bligh joins us live, for a live

briefing as Queensland beginathise

massive clean-up and the caravan

park flattened lie matchsticks, see

the full force of Yasi yourself on

this special edition of Sunrise. It's got the usual suspects, plus a potato rosti and onion relish, all on sourdough. Genius. It's a bonza brekkie and a little bit fancy. Just ahead, the worst cyclones in Australian history and how Yasi compares. Plus, how the storm will be felt across the country. What it means for fresh food prices. But first it's over to Nat for the news headlines. Cyclone Yasi has now weakened to a tropical rain depression but the threat is far from over. Communities hit hard by the ferocious winds are now facing flash flooding. A warning has been issued for between Cairns and Townsville. Queensland Premier Anna Bligh and Treasurer Wayne Swan have been touring damaged towns.

Cardwell is a very pretty seaside

village and it looks like a war zone today. New South Wales will send more than 100 SES crew to Queensland today to assist with the recovery. Queensland police will launch a sea-and-air search today for a man reported missing at Port Hinchinbrook, near Cardwell. The man hasn't been seen

since he moved his boat before Cyclone Yasi bore down on the coast. Relatives in Canada are worried. We have been given some information in relation to that

and we are now trying to locate both that boat and that person. Authorities warn more people may be reported missing in the days ahead. The Prime Minister has warned there will be some unpopular budget cuts to pay for the cyclone clean-up. Julia Gillard arrived in Townsville last night to inspect the damage. She's promised not to extend the flood levy to pay for repairs, instead the government will find extra budget savings. But it's been revealed we could have avoided the controversial flood levy in the first place. Billions of taxpayer dollars could have been saved if the Queensland Government had bothered to insure its own infrastructure. Unlike other states, Queensland does not reinsure its assets

because it doesn't believe there's value for money. Anti-government protesters and those loyal to President Hosni Mubarak have engaged in rock-throwing battles for a second day on the streets of Cairo. Looters and firebugs have taken over with gangs now targeting foreign journalists. What makes these clashes so dangerous

is that neither side feels they have anything to lose. The death and injury toll continues to climb. The army's been firing warning shots to try and separate the crowds,

but it's not working. Until now, the clashes have been focussed on Tahrir Square where demonstrators who wants President Mubarak to step down remain more defiant than ever. The pitched battles between supporters and opponents of the President

are taking place on many fronts.

It's become too dangerous to report on what's happening in these now lawless streets. Right. There's intense hostility to foreign journalists among the many pro-Mubarak vigilantes now roaming the capital. Many have been arrested, attacked and robbed and at least one is missing in Cairo. At least 12 people have been killed

after a massive storm swept across the United States. In Massachusetts, this shopping centre collapsed under the weight of the snow. The impact was also felt on the highways near Chicago, with 20 inches of snow causing highways to close and hundreds of drivers to abandon their cars. In some parts, the mercury dropped to -30 degrees. In finance news: Time for sport. St Kilda players have promised to "repay the faith" from fans following a rough summer off the field. Last night, captain Nick Riewoldt attacked the club's critics, urging the Saints to hold their heads high. Let those people out there say what they want about us we're the ones that are going to come out on top you can be sure of that. Riewoldt was involved in a nude photo scandal just months ago while four of his team-mates have been suspended after playing up on a footy trip to New Zealand. In Rugby League,

the Penrith Panthers have swapped the bush for the beach as they ramp up their pre-season

with just over a month until the first round of the NRL. Just building on that confidence that we took away last year and I thought we showed so much improvement in so many different areas so now it's a matter of building on that. While it's looking more likely, Ryan Tandy may miss the beginning of his season with the Bulldogs after being stood down by the club until after his court hearing over that betting scandal.

Let's take a check of the weather

right now and catch up with Grant

Denyer who is once again in far

North Queensland, where are you? Tully?

Yes, we made it in. We tried so hard

yesterday, while we were on air,

every single road in fact, and the

emergency services couldn't make it

in while we were on air with Sunrise

as you are aware. We dir get in

yesterday afternoon and we are here

again this morning. I knew I didn't

want to be too chick to jump the gun

to say places like Hennesvail had

done well, and I had a bad feeling

but Tully, my goodness, the

destruction was pretty incredible.

As far as your eye can see is

virtually rain forest yet every tree

is barely a stick or a twig, it is

just gob

just gob smacking the amount of

damage done by the winds and also

terrifying to think so many people

had to spend the time during the

cyclone with their families in homes

that were blown apart and

obliterated in many cases. Metal

beams blown off, not just timber and

corrugated iron, you wait until

daylight to see the extent of the

damage in Tully and these specific

regions. As we bring

regions. As we bring you more

morning forecast now. Sunrise Weather brought to you by Beacon Lighting. Up to 50% Off Everything sale is now on. For lighting and fans it has to be Beacon. Ex-Tropical Cyclone Yasi has weakened into a tropical rain depression. Damaging winds are still possible through parts of the western tropical interior

and south-west of the state. A trough is generating very warm, humid weather in the south-east and causing showers and storms in New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia. Lows are generating storms over inland WA.

We'll have a good look around the

town of Tully, which is no doubt

recovering and spending some time.

We know Ergon has moved into the

area, taking up most of the hotel

accommodation, restoreing the power,

so many houses and numbers,

so many houses and numbers, the figures are always staggering no

matter which way you look at it, but

visually you will be stunned today, Mel.

The mess, we drove in this morning,

the powerlines are down, as you

said, when the sun comes up we will

show you the extent of all the stuff

on the ground behind me, a lot of,

lot of cleaning up. We will go into

detail and everyone can see the

extent so thank you. Grant was also

showing us the banana plantations

that have been flattened and wiped out. The price of fresh produce was already set to soar after the floods so what is the situation after Yasi? Let's ask fruit and vegetable wholesaler Peter Kedwell and CommSec economist Savanth Sebastian. Peter, what fruit and veges are most likely to be affected? And how much will we pay at the supermarkets?

Well, of course, Tully has been

devastated so bananas and pawpaws,

bananas have gone up 130%

bananas have gone up 130%, from $ bananas have gone up 130%, from $30

a box last week to $

a box last week to $60 today.

What other fruit and vegies? Vegetables?

No, no vegetables in far North we

would Queensland, normally Australia

produces half a million boxes a

week, this will drop it down to

80,000 boxes a week.

I was noticing tomatoes will be

okay, because the fields are being

prepared at the moment and haven't

been planted for winter? So

been planted for winter? So tomatoes should be okay?

Yes, that is correct. The Bowen

area, which feeds Australia during

the winter time, it is going to

delay its plantings because of the

rain but a bit of good news about

the bananas, a lot of growers took

the drastic step, went in and chop

adlot of their trees in half.

Instead of the trees being blown

over it will produce cops in six

months instead of 12 like Larry. Good thinking.

Yes, very clever. Yes.

The sugar crop, Savanth and some of

the milling facilities have been

hit, a big base here in Tully, what

impact will it have not

impact will it have not just on the

price of sugar but fuel, given so

many use ethanol blend?

There will be an impact in terms of

the refining issues around

Queensland but the biggest story,

and it is unfortunate for Queensland

which has been doing it tough,

globally petrol prices are at

28-month highs and it is going to

filter through to motorists across

Australia, even Queensland. We are

an dissipating about another 3 to 4

cent jump in petrol prices over the

coming fortnight, it has taken the

average national price to shy of

average national price to shy of 2 and a half year highs. Keep in mind,

that takes the average national

price to $

price to $1. price to $1.35 to $ price to $1.35 to $1.

price to $1.35 to $1.38 a litre but

at the top of the cycle $

at the top of the cycle $1. at the top of the cycle $1.50 a

litre. It will hurt the pocket,

litre. It will hurt the pocket, the Reserve Bank is worried about the

inflationary front, food prices on

some commodities will rise and petrol prices to

petrol prices too. So inflation is

likely to be a greater story

globally than what most central

banks around the globe are anticipating.

There is so much ahead of it,

Savanth, thank you and thank you

too, Peter.

Thank you, Mel.

Kochie, that is the bigger picture

with petrol, but the towns around

here, the service stations are

closed. The one that we did

encounter yesterday for us to fill

up and come in here this morning had

a massive queue. So people will be

stranded bah these can't get access to fuel.

Yep and the supply shortages not

only for fuel but a lot of other

commodities too. Look, after the

break we are going to continue to

look at the impact of Cyclone Yasi

on all Australians and how your

insurance premiums could be

affected. Also, how will Yasi go

down in history? A look back at our

worst storms when we return on Sunrise. The focus for Cyclone Yasi has now turned to the clean-up and putting in an insurance claim. Fiona Guthrie is an expert in financial counselling. Are most victims covered by insurance?

Yes, most people are going to find,

unlike the floods that they are

actually covered by their insurance

policy for cyclones. There will be

two issues though with this

particular event, the first is some

people, despite thinking they are

going through a cyclone, their

insurance policy doesn't cover them

still because it is the damage is

from a storm surge or a high tide,

it will be an interesting debate and

the second issue, across the board

with insurance, to natural

disasters, lots and lots of people

will find they don't have enough

insurance, under insurance is a

really big issue for everybody.

Yes, something like 80% of people

are under insured which

are under insured which is extraordinary, good reminder for

everyone to go and have a check of

your house and contents today and

put a realistic insurance value on them.

Kochie, can I just talk to you about

that. That is actually really

difficult for people to do.

difficult for people to do. The

problem with under insurance it is

really hard for us to estimate

rebuilding costs so the fact under

insurance is so endemic it is not an

consumers to address it is an issue

for the industry to address.

In terms of contents, putting a

decent value on clothes and personal

items we can pitch in. What you are

saying, here in Townsville, we had a

lot of homes survive undamaged

during the cyclone but then

during the cyclone but then affected by the high tide and the storm surge around 9.

around 9.30, 10 o'clock yesterday so

they won't be covered?

Which will be fascinating.

It is going to be fascinating. It is

going to depend on which occurred

first, so quite a lot of disputes

whether it was the damage from the

cyclone that occurred first or the

damage from the storm surge or the high tide.

We are also hearing reports that a

lot of people tried to get

insurance, in the lead-up

insurance, in the lead-up to Tropical Cyclone Yasi but were

knocked back, can insurance

companies do that? Is that ethical?

Well, they were certainly do it and

I sure the people who were knocked

back would think it is very unfair.

But insurance is about sharing the

risk, it is across the community and

you pool your peemiums, I think --

premiums, I think it is unfortunate

but you can't expect an insurance

company to take on a risk that is

almost certain, they skraepbt had a

-- they haven't had a chance to

spread it across the community.

People living in Innisfail, second

biggest cyclone in five years are

they likely to see a ramp up of premiums?

In a

In a word yes, all of us are likely

to see an increase in premiums and

again, that is because insurance is

pool agrisk. An event like Katrina a

few years ago impact on Australia.

It will result in premium increases

for all of us and particularly the

areas that are most affected.

What about farmers and coverage for crops?

Um, well, you know, farmers are

always seem to get the worst of it

really. They are going to be left

pretty much without much insurance

at all. Because it generally doesn't

cover the kind of damage they just

experienced from the cyclone. It is

pretty much the same for lots of

businesses too. So, again whether

the business interruption insurance

is going to cover it or not is

is going to cover it or not is going to be up to the policy wording. It

is why insurance is so difficult,

instead of a standard product it is

quite complex. Hopefully it leads to

debate and action so we can get

coverage we feel comfortable on.

Thank you. Good advice. Thank you.

Back to Mel at Tully.

Well the, the nation and much of the

world watched as Yasi stormed across

North Queensland but how does

North Queensland but how does the category 5 system compare to other

monster cyclones? Well, Sunrise

correspondent Nuala Heffner has been

looking at the history of cyclones.

Nuala, good morning to you, I guess,

put it in perspective, was Yasi the

worst for generations?

Mel what I have been hearing from

people who endured Yasi it is

something they never

something they never want to go

through again. It is sadly something

they have gone through before,

they have gone through before, a category 5, the highest the rating

system goes and it is human nature

to put it in context and compare it

to tropical cyclones that have

struck Australia and hurricanes that

have struck the world before, so

here is a look back at the deadly

beasts at their worst.

This is likely to be more life

threatening than any experience in generations.

Up here, generations have been

hardened by cyclones past but this

was never going to be an ordinary

storm. Up here, generations have been hardened by cyclones past but this was never going to be an ordinary storm. The winds were really strong and sounded like a big jet engine. Yasi was a monster. It stormed the coast as a category 5. With winds hitting 285km/h. It left 175,000 homes without power. Just five years earlier, the cyclone tracking was eerily similar. Larry lashed North Queensland with brutal force. Debris launched like missiles through city streets. Tidal surges hit five meters, thousands of buildings were damaged and the region's banana and sugarcane crops were devastated. Recovery cost close to $1.5 billion. The fence is broked, everything's broked. No lives were lost. They weren't so lucky in the West - three people died when Cyclone George landed in Port Headland in 2007. George ripped through local communities leaving almost nothing behind.

It's all gone, mate, all gone, unbelievable. Cyclone Vance hurled all its category 5 force at the tiny town of Exmouth in '99. The wind speed here at the moment is 290.

Gusting to over 350, this makes

cyclone Vance the strongest storm to ever hit Australia. The severe storm caused millions of dollars in damage. Unreal - worse than cyclone Tracy, I can assure you there. Vance was bigger but Tracy took a far greater toll. 71 people died and 25,000 were left homeless. It's a mess. It's a beauty. I've never seen anything like this in my life before.

Never seen so, doesn't matter where

you go in Darwin you see the same thing. The storm struck with little warning and within a matter of hours this was all that was left. Now, I have seen Berlin and London straight after the war.

In Darwin, every building has been

damaged, Darwin is virtually rubble. Overseas, Hurricane Katrina belted the coast of southern America. Classed as a category 5, the deadly assault claimed nearly 2,000 lives. If you look up in the sky and you just see something unusual just fly by.

There you can see what 145 mile an

hour, sustained winds, does. There

is so little left. As the tempest moved inland, levees in New Orleans failed,

causing widespread flooding. 80% of the city was inundated and the floodwaters lingered for weeks. Get us out of here we want to get out of here! Is

Nuala, thank you very much,

horrendous when you put it all in

perspective and see so many of them,

thanks for the wrap up for us.

thanks for the wrap up for us. Just in the time I have been standing here, we are

here, we are getting passed by so

many young overseas backpackers

wandering past, come to Tully, known

as a very big fruit picking

district, a lot of young people who

have minimal English, men who are

here to pick, women have jobs as

sorters. Every morning they get

picked up up the road 5.

picked up up the road 5.50, local

time, to go to the plantations to

work. They are wandering

work. They are wandering what is on. If the bus turns on it means there

is work on and you go to the

plantations. No bus, no work. At

this point, 4 minutes after it this point, 4 minutes after this point, 4 minutes after it was

meant to be done, no bus, no work,

no picking to be done. A tragedy,

for the tarmers and a lot of the

young backpackers don't know what to

do or are where do go and we will

try and find out and let you know

how they manage. So many

impplications for so many parts of

this town. After the break, the

news, sport and weather and live up news, sport and weather and live

updates from the cyclone zone, the

team of reporters is standing by.

And the clean-up continues, but how

long will the recovery take? The

Premier joins us for a briefing soon

on this special edition of Sunrise. Good morning. I'm Melissa Doyle, live from Tully.

This morning - North Queenslanders assess the damage from Cyclone Yasi. But now comes a new threat.

Our team of reporters are standing by with live updates from across the region. A live briefing from the Premier as she sees the destruction firsthand.

And I'm David Koch in Townsville. Also coming up - The little ones who made a big entrance at the height of the storm. This is a special edition of Sunrise, live from North Queensland. If you've just tuned in, I'm in Tully, a town hit hard by the cyclone.

Kochie is in Townsville. And, Kochie, the rain is now the problem. Mel, flash flooding is a big concern now. We'll check in with our reporters soon.

We're rer going to check in with our

reporters around the region for

updates and the rain squalls just

coming intermittently. But right now, Nat has summary of the overnight developments. Prime Minister Julia Gillard

will tour cyclone-devastated parts of North Queensland today after announcing budget cuts to pay for the recovery. Category 5 storm Yasi has weakened

to a tropical depression overnight. But the threat now is from flooding. Getting a firsthand look at Cyclone Yasi's fury - Queensland Premier Anna Bligh took to the ruined streets of Cardwell. Parts of this little town right now are not recognisable.

Together with Treasurer Wayne Swan, they assessed the enormous damage. Trees uprooted, roads destroyed and streets littered with debris. Residents spoke of their terrifying experience. It's the longest, loudest freight train I've ever heard come through Cardwell. Yeah, it was scary as. Just north at Tully, there's destruction on a mammoth scale. Home after home ripped apart by the category 5 winds. It's all finished in this place. Who knows what we're gonna do, eh, that's it.

The holiday resort of Dunk Island bore the full force of Yasi. While at Mission Beach, where the cyclone made landfall, no major injuries, but major damage.

Across the region, banana and sugar crops have been obliterated. I think bananas they say could be about 90% of the crop flattened. Supply shortages will be felt across the country. But in the midst of the monster storm, the birth of three babies. A silver lining to an otherwise heartbreaking disaster. We're going to nickname her Yasi for sure. Hundreds of people have been injured

Violence on the streets of Egypt

shows no signs of ending.

Tahrir Square was again the focus for pitched battles between those loyal to President Mubarak and anti-government protesters. Foreign journalists have been also been targeted with a Belgian newspaper reporting one of their journalists is missing.

More demonstrations are planned for tomorrow with opposition forces calling it "departure day" for Mubarak. 13 people, some as young as 16, have been arrested over a violent brawl at a shopping centre in Sydney's west. Up to 100 people from rival gangs were involved in the fight which started inside the Westfield complex at Mount Druitt last night. Dozens of police, including the Riot Squad and Polair, were called in after a tip-off. One was taken to hospital with minor injuries. Colleagues of fallen digger Corporal Richard Atkinson say his death has made them more determined to win the war in Afghanistan. The 22-year-old was killed in a roadside bomb attack in Oruzgan province this week. A second soldier was seriously wounded. There's a steely resolve here, you know,

I think this just means we wanna keep doing the job and make sure this gets done properly. The Prime Minister has warned more Australian lives could be lost in Afghanistan

as fighting intensifies during the warmer months. Flying overseas just became much more expensive. Qantas has raised its fuel surcharge on some international flights by more than 50%. The airline blames rising oil and jet fuel prices for the ticket increase. So far, domestic flights aren't affected but the airline says prices are under review.

The Dow has moved into positive territory. Time for sport. There are positive signs in the Australian cricket camp heading towards the World Cup

despite the number of injuries plaguing the squad. Speedster Shaun Tait is set to play a pivotal role in their international campaign he says he feels the best he has in 18 months. I think we've had a pretty unlucky run. I think the squad has had a bad run but like I said, all this has come together at a good time, just before the World Cup,

'cause everyone's going to be fit and in form. The Aussies have just one limited overs game in Perth before travelling to India. In rugby league, the Canterbury Bulldogs have stood down embattled prop Ryan Tandy from all team duties after the 29-year-old was charged with providing false information to police. The club sought legal advice on the matter, with solicitors advising Tandy shouldn't train with the team before he faces court next month. The charges relate to an inquiry into suspicious betting activity. Newcastle Jets midfielder Marcello Fiorentini has received a 2-match ban from the A-League after this strike on Melbourne's Marvin Angulo during their match earlier this week.

Grant Denyer gave us the incredible

shots yesterday, via Skype of the

inland from Innisfail to Tully. Lydia says, "

Lydia says, "Can you please

Lydia says, "Can you please find out

when the Townsville airport will

reopen." We have heard flights to

and from Cairns, Townsville,

Hamilton i lnlds, Proserpine will

resume today so that is good news

but today you can see the extent of

the damage?

A lot of people coming in just

A lot of people coming in just prior to the cyclone flileing out, those

going through Larry didn't want to

stick around, didn't want to have

anything to do with it or

emotionally handle it after the

previous experiences so a lot of

people returning home to discover

it, so like Tully, opened yesterday

afternoon. I will do a wander around

and show you the extent of the

damage, it is extraordinary. Right

here, roof missing from house, the

top completely pealed off and opened

up, if we move up the street, this

place here has the raff patched,

hasn't lost the entire roof but lost

the fences, sheds, windows blown

out. The cream house, just past it,

the reef is gone, completely

removed. The whole facade, the

removed. The whole facade, the top

story completely exposed. Across the

road? Same again, just debris

everywhere. And again, the roof has

been removed, revealing the inside

contents of the house. Now,

considering that last night we also

received an extraordinary amount of

rain, it is not only there

structural damage that obviously

people are having to return to and

wonder how they are going to get it

fixed and when, the damage that is

done by the rain. We had 260 odd mL

of rain in 12 hours yesterday, so

of rain in 12 hours yesterday, so if it is not one thing it is another

thing. So they are the constant

battles people are having to have to

get back into their homes and

reestablish themselves. Funnily

enough, or cruelly enough, it is the

wettest place in Australia,

iconicly, the wettest place in

Australia, I will just get out of

the way of the cars you can't drink

fresh water or shower. Ergon Energy

have moved into the area to

reestablish power but it is going to

be painfully slow as they chip

through. As we look at the forecast. Sunrise Weather brought to you by Beacon Lighting. Up to 50% Off Everything sale is now on. For lighting and fans it has to be Beacon. Rain with possible storms in Cairns. Showers and a chance of storms for Townsville. Gusty rain and storms easing in Mount Isa. Some early drizzle on the Sunshine Coast.

So the full extent still is yet to

be determined, still fresh eyes are

coming into these communities,

people haven't yet returned to their

homes and it is going to be

astonishing for them to realise the

extent of the damage in many of the

streets. We are in one of the only

streets that has the power lines

standing and intact, Mel.

We have got light poles behind us,

completely bent over, which is

staggering. Just gives you an idea how strong the winds. Unbelievable.

Just hang there if tick, Grant, I

want to talk to you about Tully. We

are covering all regions this

morning with our team. Michelle

Tapper is in Cairns, flash flood is

the issue

the issue this morning. The rain

yesterday afternoon was just

astonishing in how how heavy it was?

Absolutely. We were very fortunate

it wasn't coming down when the

cyclone hit or we could have

experienced much greater flooding

earlier in the week. It is very

peaceful here this morning,

deceptively so, because the Weather

Bureau says we

Bureau says we will have heavy

weather today, it doesn't look like

it but it is the tropic and it can

change in a flash.

change in a flash.O flash flood,

people living beside creeks and

streams should be alert. This was

flooded yesterday in the torrential

rain, the sea wall was breached so a

lot of sea water flowing on to the

concrete, it wasn't a good

situation, most likely it will

happen again today. Council members

are cleaning up and urging people do

not walk along thefore show. The

airport has reopened, one plane is

going over, there are 100 SES

workers coming in to had epiclean up

and also Anna Bligh is in town this

morning, together with General Mick

Slater And we hope to have them on

the show later.

Thank you, let us know. And Grant,

we talked about the impact of losing

bananas and rural properties and we

know it will impact prices around

the country but it is so devestating

for the community, 3,500 people live

in Tully, the impact on the town is

going to be enormous some

It is huge tourism business, the

Tully River and adventure tourism is

big around here. Without access to

the beautiful hills behind us and

all the gorgeous trees, which people

come here to bush walk and jump in

the river and go kayaking and

adventure tubing that they do in the

region, its is going to

region, its is going to stop. The

nucleus is the banana plantations, our drive from

our drive from Innisfail is gob

smacking. To see the extent it has

been obliterating is amazing. The

trees, not one stands, it has been

destroyed. It take as couple of

rotations or seasons for the bananas

to take off so they are also out of

planting for the next season. It is

a huge impact, it employs, thousands

and thousands and thousands. The

ripple-on effect, there are at least

100 backpackers wandering the Main

Street, wondering if there is work.

The bus hasn't turn up so no work

and they are confused as to what is

going on so we will find out about

that later. Edwina in Townsville,

give us a rap?

Some good news, the water treatment

plant power has been returned. There

were concerns yesterday the town

would run out of water so that is

very, very good news for the

residents here. The clean-up will

focus in two parts, south

Townsville, the area affected by

Townsville, the area affected by the storm surge and the Strand, thefore

more where all the sand of the beach

has washed up, there benefit here,

there is an army base, so 4,000 army

personnel can be out and about help

wg the clean-up. A lot helped with

the recovery from the Boxing

the recovery from the Boxing Day

tsunami so very experienced in

cleaning up from the disaster. The

airport will reopen for commercial

flights to help supplies some back flights to help supplies some flights to help supplies some back

and forth.

That will make a difference, thanks,

Eddy, Nuala, in Brisbane, the EMQ we

have covered, Cairns, Townsville and

Tully, what other areas?

We want to follow where

We want to follow where ex Tropical Cyclone Yasi now a tropical low has

been. It did track inland towards Mt

Isa and it weakened as it went,

which is the good news. But there

are still weather warnings out for

heavy wind still, wind gusts up to

90km/h, perhaps even heavier this

morning, they were reporting wind

gusts of 60km/h in Mt Isa. Police

have gone and done reconnaissance of

the town and so far, so good. They

reported back, yes, moderate winds,

heavy rain and

heavy rain and flash flooding but

nothing life threatening. A similar

story for Richmond and Julia Creek,

nothing life threatening but flash

flooding. It will continue into

flooding. It will continue into the Northern Territory today, so looking at Northern Territory today, so looking

at Alice Springs forecast for the

weekend, not good. They are

expecting very strong wind and a lot

of rain tonight and

of rain tonight and into the

weekend. The storms are so hard to

forecast, with such an unstable

system, so much moisture they don't

know where a severe thunderstorm

could hit, it is the cells that

swirl arounds. A warning for severe

tropical storms there, and the flash

flooding but as we have flooding but as we

flooding but as we have been hearing

from Edwina and Grant and Michelle,

of great concern is the flooding.

All the rain falling on the east

coast, much heavier than further

inland, Mt Isa has had 30

inland, Mt Isa has had 30 mL compared to Cairns airport that has

had 300 mL. So there are warning

had 300 mL. So there are warning for flash flooding from Mossman to Ayr

in addition to the rivers and

streams and ajaisment inland

catchments. So they will be

monitoring that but they are

starting to go from disaster manage

mgt to now recovery. It is why the

premier is there and Major General

Mick Slater the head of the recovery

effort and they will work out where

to focus for the next few days.

She was tellings, Wednesday on the

briefing, the plans were temporarily

in place and ready to go when they

are required. Team, thank you for

the round up, I will talk to you all

very soon. Yasi continues to

dominate the pages of the newspapers

this morning. The Age, a photograph

of the ruins of a house in Tully, 'The of the ruins of a house in Tully,

'The Australian' said, paradise lost

to Yasi's fury and it shows the

damage Dunk Island cop said and Port

Hinchinbrook and debris on the Main

Street of Cardwell, the NT News has

a picture of theuble are, which is

actually the Bruce Highway through

rubble. And the daily Tell graph has

Darrel Webber and

Darrel Webber and Mick Pearson

toasting their survival. And the

Mercury has a photo of Kanisha

Glastonbury born.

Australian officials are expressing

amazement so far there are no

reports of deaths or serious

injuries in the wake of Cyclone

Yasi, there was a lot of damage, and

reporter David Koch from

reporter David Koch from Australia's Channel Seven joins us fron

Townsville, 100 miles south of where

the massive storm made land fall?

Good mornish, three babies were born

in e evacuation centres at the

height of the storm. Yasi was the

biggest storm to hit this country in

our history, it was more powerful

than hurricane qu Trina, winds of up

to 2 290km/h but it was the size

that made a it monster, to give you

an idea, it could have stretched

from pens veinia to Nevada and from

Georgia to the Canadian border,

thankfully it crossed between the

two major cities, Townsville and

Cairns, about halfway between them

so damage was limited, although it

wiped out a number of small

communities. At this stage, there

are still 200,000 homes without

power and many without water. Anth,

to give you an indication how the

storm keeps going there are now

flood warnings to as far inland as

Ayr egs Rock and also Alice Springs.

David Kochie this morning, thank

David Kochie this morning, thank you

for that and be safe there.

Yes, Kochie be safe there in Townsville.

It was very frontline wasn't it? For

people who, I was so nervous doing

that 40 seconds, for people who

don't understand NBC Today show, for

breakfast television, it is the

equivalent of somebody given a

couple of minutes playing for the

Lakers in basketball, it was

exciting and for Ann Curry to say, " Lakers in basketball, it was very exciting and for Ann Curry to say,

"You staif safe." I loved it. Let's

check the information around the

region for you to stay safe:

More crews will move into the

affected areas today. Flooding is

still a problem.

affected areas today. Flooding is still a problem. The latest warning

are posted on the bom rr web site.

If you have been forced to leave your home, you can register on the

evacuation line.

There are still about 150,000 homes and businesses without power. For

updates on outages check the Ergon

Energy web site. If you have

problems with power, phone Ergon on

1 3 1 670. Here are tips for

1 3 1 670. Here are tips for people in the region, stay away from fallen

power lines, report electrical

shocks from electrical itedms or

taps. Be careful around your switch

board and don't use damaged or wet

electrical items. Don't go sight

seeing it gets in the ways of rescue

crews, don't let the kids play in

the water, don't run generators

inside, the releases fumes. Council

inside, the releases fumes. Kouns inside, the releases fumes. -

schools unaffected by Yasi will reopen today, a list of those

staying closed is on the Education

Queensland web site, DETA.

Queensland web site, DETA.QLD.

Queensland web site, DETA.QLD.GOV.

Queensland web site, DETA.QLD.GOV.AU

and with flooding a problem, the

department of Main Roads web site

has the information on road

closures. We will put all of this

information on our web site as a

summary, Yahoo/ summary, Yahoo/

summary, Yahoo/ A lot

of great information there for people in the region. of great information there for people in the region. of great information there for people in the region.

They really need information, it is

the main thing people want to know,

what is happening, the areas that

are safe, that are not. Well in

excess of o 100 backpackers are

wondering up the street, they came

out to catch the 5.

out to catch the 5.50 bus local time

to do work in the fields, the bus

hasn't showed so they are uncertain.

Ben from Canada, what do you do? No

idea what is on for the day? idea what is on for the day?.

Right, our biggest problem is to

find water and food, first of all,

our biggest hope is that IGA will

open up, because right now, all

open up, because right now, all all

of our water is

of our water is really brown and the

people we are staying with said

don't use the water from the taps.

So no water, no food, you are from

everywhere, Italy, Ireland, you are

from Canada, you haven't been able

to ring home?

Yes, all the phones in this area are

set on emergency calls only so

people haven't been able to call

home. People who have European

phones, people from England have

used their phones to call home and

let them know everything is okay.

When the storm hit were you in a

hostel? What did you do?

We were staying in a local bar, we

set down a bunch of tarps and put

down all the mattresses from the

hostel and bunkered down, when it

got really, really busy we put the

left over mattresses and a tarp over

the top.

We well let you go, and

We well let you go, and find out.

Not a problem. A

A very tough 48 hours for North

Queenslanders and pets, Mick Pekik,

good morning to you, give us an over

all picture how animals have been

affected by Tropical Cyclone Yasi?

The great news is with all the

preparedness messages post people

were able to get animals out early

or to friends's places or bunker

them down. But it is inevitable we

have the animals that are lost. We

urge people to report them on the lost and found

lost and found site and the phone.

We go into recovery mode like all

government agencies and assist

people locate pets if they can.

Obvious hraerbgs get the two

shelters that have suffered damage

up and running as soon as possible

so we can support them.

A quick one, if pets have been

traumatised by the events, what do they do?

I guess, treat them like your children, comfort

children, comfort them, keep them

close, be mindful of storms over the

next couple of days might startle

them more than norm. Keep them close

and on an eye on them, give them

food and water and give them plenty

of attention until they start to act

in a normal way again.

Thank you, good advice. Here is

Kochie in Townsville.

Yes, Mel, local councils right

across the region have a massive

clean-up and a massive effort ahead

of them over the last cup of weeks,

how long it will take to recover is

the big issue. Joining us are two of

the mayors of the region, the mayor

of Cairns, Val Schier and Les from

Townsville. Val, Cairns got away reasonably easy

reasonably easy from this cyclone,

your message sooAustralia is, "

your message sooAustralia is, "Hey,

we are back up, in business, come up

for a holiday? for a holiday?."

That's right, I mean, we were

certainly relieved yesterday and I

made a bold statement that we would

be cleaned up within 24 hours and

back in business but torrential rain

yesterday afternoon and evening

slowed us down a bit. But this

weekend, big clean-up effort and we

will be welcoming tourists and

visitors to this wonderful region.

Because, Val, even though we saw a bit of structural damage with

awnings and things like that, the wild awnings and things like that, the

wild buildings and resort facilities

in Queensland are really built to

withstand this sort of stuff. Those

awnings can be easily replaced

awnings can be easily replaced and it is why they are built like that, aren't they?

Yes, we are have had much tighter

building controls so the buildings

have come out unscathed. It is

mainly a loss of