Yasi was the most powerful cyclone to make landfall on the Queensland coast since 1918 and it was the first time since 1974’s Cyclone Tracy that Australia’s building stock was subjected to Category 5 wind speeds. Consistent with AIR’s expectations, newer structures built to current standards fared well. Buildings with the most significant damage were older structures that predated the most recent building code. However, nonstructural damage—e.g. damage to windows and cladding and debris from trees—was more widespread.
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