Cyclone Tracy, 1974, ended in almost complete destruction, which caused a catastrophic disruption to Darwin.
Water supplies were down as Darwin's supply was contaminated and there were no clean supplies. Sewerage lines were cut, resulting in a lack of sanitation, and poisons therefore leached out into the environment. Surprisingly, there was not a lot of drenching rain or storm surge associated with Cyclone Tracy, so none of the usual problems resulted from that quarter.
Trees were uprooted, and animal habitats destroyed. Witnesses reported absolute silence the following morning, signalling the loss of the majority of bird life at that time. As with any such natural disaster, the food chain was broken, and it was many months before food chain order was reestablished among the various species. The beaches were strewn with dead marine or coastal-dwelling creatures.
Cyclone Tracy's environmental impact was quite large because:
Many coral reefs, fish and animals were damaged and are still recovering.
Wind speeds of 217 km/h registered at Darwin Airport before the equipment was itself blown away and there were estimates of maximum speeds of up to 300 km/h.
Seeing this destruction also brings home another matter - Darwin is a very new city simply because there was almost nothing left standing when Tracy had finished her work.
With so much destruction of both homes and infrastructure, the population of about 45,000 was reduced to about 10,000 by a mass evacuation of people to other Australian cities. This was organised by Major-General Alan Stretton, Director-General of the Natural Disasters Organisation and Minister for the Northern Territory, Rex Patterson.
Many of the families that left never returned and the rebuilding attracted people from many different places resulting in a young, diverse population who rebuilt the city.
After the cyclone building codes were upgraded dramatically to try to prevent such extensive damage next time a cyclone passed by. And the rebuilding was largely done by the NT Housing Commission using only a limited number of designs on a large scale. At one stage nearly 90% of homes in Darwin were owned by either Government Departments or large national companies such as banks.
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No. Cyclone Tracy affected only the far north of Australia.
Yes, Cyclone Tracy was a tropical cyclone.
Although Cyclone Tracy had strong and destructive winds, it brought surprisingly little rain with it. Therefore, there was no impact from flooding or upsetting of the crocodiles' habitat with fresh water. The impact on the saltwater crocodiles was negligible.
Cyclone Selma came before Cyclone Tracy.
No. Cyclone Tracy was an a very intense but abnormally small cyclone.
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Well, it sure did make the environment windy for a while.
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Cyclone Tracy started as a tropical storm out in the Arafura Sea.
Cyclone Tracy hit Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia.
cyclone Tracy was very serious and was in 1974. it hit on Christmas eve.
Approximately 9000 homes were destroyed or damaged in Cyclone Tracy.
Cyclone Tracy rotated in a clockwise direction, as do all cyclones in the southern hemisphere.
Cyclone Tracy was not very big but its effects were massive as it swept out all of Darwin.
cyclone Tracy was very dangerous because the winds were very strong
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Cyclone Tracy made landfall at Darwin in the Top End: that is, Australia's Northern Territory.
Cyclone Tracy destroyed 9,000 homes out of a city of about 12,000 residences.
See the Related Link below to find out more about the lead- up to Cyclone Tracy.
Cyclone Tracy hit Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia on the 25th of December 1974 but she had formed on the 20th.
Yes. Cyclone Tracy directly hit Darwin, wiping out about three-quarters of the town.
Cyclone Tracy was a category 4 cyclone which struck the city of Darwin, in Australia's Northern Territory, in the early hours of Christmas Day 1974.