The latest news from Hamilton Island suggests the tourist destination is recovering from Cyclone Ului and is open again for regular business.
While the name may not convey the level of devastation caused, Ulai passed over the island in the early hours of Sunday, 21st of March, 2010. Ulai caused strong rain and wind gusts of up to 200km/h.
“Hamilton Island’s extensive and rigorous cyclone procedures were definitely put to the test over the weekend” said Hamilton Island chief executive Glenn Bourke.
Although there was no significant structural damage to hotels, fallen trees and flying debris smashed several windows and caused many thousands of dollars worth of damage.
“Naturally our focus was on the safety and comfort of our guests. We were well prepared for the bad weather and had taken all necessary steps to ‘batten down the hatches’
“This included removing all outdoor furniture and bringing all our vehicles indoors, as well as ensuring we had adequate food provisions for everyone.”
“We are really proud of our staff and residents, everyone has pulled together exceptionally well. While we still have some work to do, it’s great to see how quickly we are returning to ‘business as usual’.”
Power has been restored to the island and flights and island activities have resumed as of yesterday.