Historical Tropical Cyclone Impacts in New South Wales

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Tropical cyclone impact reports

NameDateDescription of Impact
WatiMarch 2006Large waves NSW Coast
SoseApril 2001Large waves NSW Coast
YaliMarch 1998 Large waves NSW Coast
VioletMarch 1995Lord Howe Island gusts reached 68 knots with tree damage across the island. Heavy swells caused severe beach erosion near Evans Head.
FranMarch 1992Record gust Norfolk Island SSW 73 knots at 0340 local time 19 March 1992
NancyFebruary 1990Flooding NSW 5 deaths.
AivuApril 1989Flooding NSW 2 deaths.
ColinMarch 1976Several launches were destroyed when 2 m waves penetrated into Botany Bay. A woman was killed at Tathra (S NSW) when swept off a cliff top by a large wave. Scores of Houses were unroofed at Swansea near Newcastle.
ZoeMarch 1974Major flooding occurred in N NSW and 200 people were evacuated in Murwillumbah and 500 families were evacuated at Lismore. Landslides cut the main railway line in 4 places between Casino and Coffs Harbour.
PamFebruary 1974Large waves also entered Botany Bay and badly damaged a restaurant on the foreshore.
WandaJanuary 1974Major floods and beach erosion NSW.
DaisyFebruary 1972Severe erosion occurred down to Brunswick Heads NSW.
GlendaApril 1967Large waves NSW Coast extreme beach erosion N NSW.
BarbaraFebruary 1967Crossed the coast near Lismore. Wind and wave damage.
DinahJanuary 1967A large storm surge occurred on the Tweed River isolating Fingal. The hardest hit area of northern NSW was around Brunswick Heads where several banana plantations were wiped out and hundreds of acres of sugar cane in the Tweed Valley were blown over. A wind gust overturned a car at Evans Head.
AudreyJanuary 1964Tracked from the Gulf overland to Coffs Harbour. Wind damage in Northern NSW towns.
ConnieFebruary 1959. Floods extended down to NE NSW where a man was killed by fallen power lines.
February 1957Long lived cyclone went on to cross the NSW coast south of Pt Macquarie. Severe erosion by huge waves and high tides.
February 1954Severe tropical cyclone crossed the coast at Coolangatta/Tweed Heads with a reading in the eye of 973 hPa. Worst damage in that area around the Cudgen in NSW where some houses were blown apart and trees more than 1 metre in diameter were twisted out of the ground. The floods and cyclone hit the Lismore district with gales whipping up large waves on the then 11.3 km wide Richmond River. 30 people tragically died from these unprecedented effects. The outer section of the jetty was swept away at Byron Bay taking with it all 22 vessels comprising the fishing fleet. The sea broke through and flooded parts of the town in Byron Bay.
(Sydney Cyclone)Jan 1950This tropical cyclone tracked from Gulf to Sydney. 3 horseman were drowned on the 18th when Washpool Creek (80 km from Grafton) rose rapidly. Another 4 lives lost in NSW from cyclone including girl swept by storm surge and waves off Esplanade at Cronulla, a boy electrocuted by fallen power lines at Gordon in Sydney, a man drowned near Goulburn and another man drowned in the Macleay River at Kempsey. Seven yachts completely wrecked in Sydney Harbour. Record pressure reading of 988 hPa in Sydney. 10 lives lost in total.
January 1948A severe tropical cyclone passed to east of Brisbane and produced a record 96 knot gust at Lord Howe Island.
March 1940Gales uprooted trees and blew them over the railway line near Grafton.
March 1939 Tropical cyclone crossed coast near Cape Byron.
January 1938Waves breaking a mile off Tweed Heads. Water10 feet deep in Main Street of Kyogle. Some houses completely submerged. A man was drowned. A house was washed away at Casino.
March 1937Floods N NSW A youth was drowned at Grafton.
February 1937 The Stinson Aircraft cyclone. Intense cyclone approached North Coast from New Hebrides and moved south to the NSW coast. The Stinson Mail aeroplane, City of Brisbane, crashed on the Macpherson Range.
February 1936. Severe beach erosion N NSW.
February 1929. The seas broke over the jetty at Byron Bay. 100 houses vacated at Lismore in Floods.
February 1928. Severe wind damage Tweed Heads: Several houses and buildings damaged. Murwillumbah:-Roofing iron torn off a number of houses. Several chimneys toppled over. Trees uprooted. Mullumbimby, Byron Bay and Bangalow:-Houses unroofed and trees blown down. Tweed Valley:-House unroofed Barneys Point and crops badly damaged. Two houses completely unroofed at Duranbah and farm buildings damaged. House unroofed at Bingham Point. Cudgen Headland (now Kingscliff):-Trees uprooted and house lifted off blocks. Casino:-Damage to buildings with sheets of iron torn off roofs. Water damage to most premises. Lismore:-Damage to telephone lines and crops. Glen Innes:-Immense damage to crops from wind and rain. Trees also down. Grafton:-South Grafton flooded.
April 1927. Severe tropical cyclone east of Gold Coast. Flash flooding and heavy seas and erosion at Tweed Heads. King tides stopped Tweed River Ferries.
February 1898Cyclone of monsoon origin tracked from the continent over Brisbane and down the NSW coast. The bar (at sea level) in Brisbane at 4pm Sunday 13th was 997.7 hPa. The brig Amy (220 tons) after leaving Woolongong at 9am 14th was driven ashore near Bulli and the crew of 8 all drowned. Another man died on the beach from shock. The brigantine Malcolm foundered at Bulli and the crew of 6 hands were lost and 500 feet of the Bellambi jetty was washed away. The ship Atocama was abandoned on the 12th 500 nm off the coast and the Captain and 3 of the crew were saved but 13 of the crew were lost at sea. The Schooner Mary Peverill was beached in the Whitsunday Passage though the crew survived. Two men drowned at Bungendore (near Canberra) in floods on the 15th. In Sydney trees were uprooted, verandas were carried away and the ferries were suspended. The yacht Greyland was capsized (crew saved) in the harbour. There were 30 known deaths associated with this event.
January 1893The 285 ton wooden steamship Tweed was destroyed by waves on the 21st at Byron Bay having been grounded 2 weeks earlier by large seas.
April 1892 Tweed Heads - 2 hotels and the Police Station badly damaged, two houses were dismantled, hardly any building escaped some damage. 3 sea vessels were grounded.
March 1890The Agnes which survived the July 1889 winter cyclone foundered north of Brunswick Heads with all hands lost. 3 bodies were washed ashore on the 12th and the other 5 bodies were never found.