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Cyclone Tracy

Cyclone Tracy

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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)