Cyclone Damage Darwin 2008

Cyclone damage in Darwin caused by Cyclone Helen was limited, especially compared to the havoc wrought by Tracey in 1974.

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Helen crossed the coast about 20 ks south of Darwin and was about a level 2 category storm with a small radius of only 40 kilometres or so. Still a lot of large trees came down causing widespread blackouts when they fell over powerlines.

Some local areas were without power for 12 hours, a few for a couple of days, while a lot of Darwin hardly noticed there had been a storm.

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Powerline damage Alawa

A few suburban roads were blocked, however there are plenty of routes through suburbia, so this hardly caused any real problems.
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Blocked road Alawa
A small number of buildings were damaged, and there were a lot of close calls as large African Mahogonies lost out because of their shallow root systems.tree falls near Community Centre
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Nightcliff Community Centre

Meanwhile a long term project to put all of Darwins powerlines underground continues, hopefully preventing power outages next time a few trees are knocked over.

Work on underground powerlines
Underground powerline work Nightcliff

Read the story of Cyclone Tracy here.

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