Cyclone Yasi crossed the far North Queensland coast in February 2011 leaving behind a trail of wide spread destruction. The impact of this event has left a lasting impression on the families associated with the nursery and cut flower industries of the region. Some have been devastated to the point that they cannot bring themselves to start up again. It has only been a few years since many have rebuilt their businesses following Category 5 Cyclone Larry.
It does appear now that Cyclone Yasi has left a greater long term impact on the area than Cyclone Larry. Five years ago, the economy was stronger and tourism was in a boom period. Developers were much more confident about the continued growth of the area. The aftermath of Yasi, however, has been very different. Rebuilding and beautification projects have been slow to commence. Perhaps this is mostly due to the Global Financial Crisis also impacting on the tourism and export industries.