Cyclone Tracy

I only just found out today that Cyclone Tracy hit Darwin City, Australia in December 1974 on Christmas Morning. I have just recently moved to Darwin City and its amazing to think that only 33 years ago that this City was completely destroyed by Cyclone Tracy.

The Eye of the Cyclone passed over Darwin between midnight and 7.00am on Christmas morning torrential rain fell and the winds were officially recorded at 217 kilometres per hour prior to the Bureau of Meteorology anemometer being destroyed.

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With the cyclone’s passing 65 people were killed including 16 lost at sea with more injured, 70% of Darwin’s homes were destroyed or suffered severe damage, and all public services – communications, power, water and sewerage – were badly damaged.

Read the article ‘The Killer Cyclone’ that was written a day after the Cyclone hit.

Here area a few more pictures to view from the 1974 Cyclone Tracy that hit Darwin.

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Give me a few more days and i will be posting a little more information about Cyclone Tracy and Cyclones/Tornadoes.

 

 

 

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32 Responses

  1. Lots of Tornadoes, so little we can do about them. Maybe we should just blow at them and see how they like it.

  2. Wow. That is kind of scary and yet sort of exciting at the same time. I live in the midwest and every time a storm rolls through I pray for a tornado. Not because I want to have things destructed but because they are such an awesome act of nature. I just want to see one.

  3. that cyclone is history, forget about it and move on

    yay! my comment is on the internet

    • Do you know how many people died?
      It is not something you can just forget and move on
      the world was at a stand still when it happened and on christmas and everything to a very religious country at the time

  4. Too bad for the 66 people that died from the cyclone. Those retards should’ve evacuated the city.
    IT’S COMMON SENSE!!!

    • How the fuck could they? Back then we only had horse and cart in Australia and the horses were all cooked up for Christmas dinners. I was there man….

      • Hey Dennis, my sister and I spied on you while you were playing with your thingy. We were pretty young then and not sure what you were up to. Quite exciting though

  5. May the wombats killed by cyclone Tracy rest in peace

    sorry andrew domadius but think of the wombats

    ^_^ hee hee

  6. RE:

    #
    >:0===Q, on October 24th, 2007 at 4:36 pm Said:

    Too bad for the 66 people that died from the cyclone. Those retards should’ve evacuated the city.
    IT’S COMMON SENSE!!!

    —————————————————

    You are the retard. You can’t evac. by air and you can’t evac. by ground because of mass flooding. Hows about next time you only comment on things you know about, genius.

    • OMFG everyone commenting on how they should’ve evacuated and the only people living there were blacks in tents…. need ur friggin head read!! It hit on christmas morning after taunting them for a week by weaking then intensifying and moving backwards and forwards across the cape. What would ur reaction be to a mass evacuation on christmas eve? think about it retards. Im an aussie and i know too well how cyclones work and what damage they can cause. Tracy struck in the 70s when houses werent built to meet a weather standard like they are nowadays, hence the reason for everything being flattened. I suggest you all get your facts right before opening your traps next time, it just makes you look like morons.

  7. The nearest we get to a cyclone blew through England last night,a couple of fence panels out and that was it.

  8. I lived through cyclone Tracy, it was a scary experience. To the couple of misguided fools who said evacuate. Where too? Darwin is a isolated city, it is over 3000 miles to the closest other city. Also you need to be aware that 3 weeks before cyclone Tracy there was another cyclone alert & everyone did make preperations but it turned out to be a non event & missed Darwin.

    Also bear in mind that at the time most of Darwins population were employed by a government department (of one sort or the other) & as such people were only ever here for a 2 year tenure. So not many had ever experienced a tropical cyclone or understood the severity that they become. Further more this did happen in 1974 & weather warning systems werent all that accurate. If I recall correctly Darwin had only just had installed a weather radar station 2 weeks before Tracy struck.

  9. I went to Nightcliffe Highschool, but left Darwin just before the cyclone. never did find out how my friends faired. (I was that long haired git who had to cover up from the sun – never fitted in living in Darwin). I lost a good guitar amp during the big blow – anybody find it?

  10. that so tradic

  11. i fucked brad pit

  12. For all those retards who are talking about tornado’s

    Go back to school, we have CYCLONES in Australia not F@#$ing tornado’s :@.

    And for those F^#$ wits that are saying that they should have evacuated, Cyclone Tracy looked like it was going to miss Darwin… in fact it did miss Darwin but did a U turn and was upon Darwin within two hours.

    There was not enough technology in those days to give enough warning in the time it took to turn around and hit Darwin for the people to evacuate…. and Daria you’ve never fucked anyone in your LIFE!!!

    • Technically, all hurricanes are cyclones but not all cyclones are hurricanes: if their wind speed is over 74 miles per hour, they’re hurricanes, if not, they’re just cyclones or tropical storms. (see Wiki)
      — Typhoon: a violent wind which has a circular movement, found in the West Pacific Ocean.
      In the case of cyclones in the southern hemisphere the winds blow inwards in a clockwise direction; in the nrthern hemisphere the winds blow inwards in an anti-clockwise direction.
      Wiki also tells what tornadoes are: A tornado is a violent, dangerous, rotating column of air which is in contact with both the surface of the earth and a cumulonimbus cloud or, in rare cases, the base of a cumulus cloud. The most intense of all atmospheric phenomena, tornadoes come in many shapes and sizes but are typically in the form of a visible condensation funnel, whose narrow end touches the earth and is often encircled by a cloud of debris and dust. Most tornadoes have wind speeds between 40 mph (64 km/h) and 110 mph (177 km/h), are approximately 250 feet (75 m) across, and travel a few miles (several kilometers) before dissipating. The most extreme can attain wind speeds of more than 300 mph (480 km/h), stretch more than a mile (1.6 km) across, and stay on the ground for dozens of miles (more than 100 km).[1][2][3]

  13. Actually, we do have tornados in Australia, however, they are a completely different weather event than a cyclone. Also, lot’s of people evacuated to Katherine etc. What made me angry is how the wogs dressed as women so they could get a flight out of town after Tracy did her thing.

  14. Is it true that the cyclone was a botched Government experiment with weather? I heard they were trying to control the weather but lost control of the cyclone they were trying to steer over Indonesia. Ham radio operators got messages out after the event because there were no phones. I’m naked.

  15. leave proper comments bozoz!!!

  16. RETARDS! It was mostly aborigonals living in tents back then. we’re talking nearly thirty years ago. .
    their GPS wasn’t working! and they didnt have cars to flee… i’m naked too.. and i rejected Daria…cos she’s a ho….

  17. Im doing a project in cyclone tracy and its so sad about the city the homes building and everything.

  18. FUCK OFF!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  19. (.)(.) there mine

  20. They lie so bad about the death toll it’s insane. On the military base alone 99 died. Whole family’s died. They were finding bodies for weeks. They have the balls to say only 66 people died it makes me sick. All the people who lived through it know the truth. The government should be ashamed for misleading the public. Just because they didn’t do right they, make it sound nicer than it was. Just look at pictures and you can see. Only 66 people died? More like hundreds.

    Also for the wog comment. They did dress as females so they could leave but the ones that stayed and decided to look were taken down to the wharf and shot by the police from down south who thought they ruled the city.

  21. RETARDS..

    may the squirrels rest in peace..

    love lindsay and taylah xxx

  22. that cyclone was a past just forget it & move on .
    (.)(.)
    _

  23. OMG! come on how would you feel if someone from your family dieded in this cyclone! how would you feel then..?

  24. I lived in Darwin since the mid sixties. I was so pissed I slept through the entire cyclone. When I woke, I thought I had wrecked everything in a drunken stupor so I skipped town for a few months until somebody explained things to me. That guy that went to Nightcliffe High, I think you porked my sister…

  25. You people are weird.

    And Lindsay and Taylah, we dont have squirrels in Australia :/

    Whatever mingas.
    – Catch.

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