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Cyclone Yasi travel update

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3 February 2011

Mandatory evacuations have been put in place in towns across the region and the entire Far North Queensland coast - a section at least 500km long - is in lock down as residents wait for the destructive storm to cross the coast.

The Tropical Cyclone’s centre is expected to cross the coast between Innisfail and Cardwell around midnight tonight Australian time.

Australia’s Bureau of Meteorology says Cyclone Yasi poses an "extremely serious threat" to life and property within the warning area, especially between Port Douglas and Townsville.

Visitor safety is a key priority and as a result many tourism operations in the cyclone warning area between Cairns and the Tropical North and The Whitsundays have evacuated guests or have temporarily closed operations until the cyclone threat has passed. Access into the cyclone warning area is also currently restricted.

There are currently no flights operating in to Cairns. Travellers should check with their travel agent and/or airline regarding their travel plans.

Many other popular tourist destinations within the state such as Brisbane, and the Gold and Sunshine Coasts remain open for business and continue to welcome travellers.

We continue to monitor the situation closely and our expert travel consultants are being kept up to date with the latest developments. Wexas consultants contact all customers directly affected by major incidents.

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