Severe Tropical Cyclone Tam/TamTam
Category 5 severe tropical cyclone (Aus scale)
Category 5 (Saffir–Simpson scale)
Cyclone Tam
Cyclone Tam making landfall in Queensland on January 8
Formed 28 December 2101
Dissipated 12 January 2102
(Extratropical after 10 January)
Highest winds 10-minute sustained: 230 km/h (145 mph)
1-minute sustained:
180 mph (285 km/h)
Gusts: 305 km/h (190 mph)
Lowest pressure 912 hPa (mbar); 26.93 inHg
Fatalities 243 total
Damage $12.56 billion (2102 USD)
Areas affected Queensland
Part of the 2101–02 Australian region cyclone season

Cyclone Tam or TamTam was considered the strongest cyclone in the history of Australia, leaving 243 dead and 5,000 injured.

The damage was $12.56 billion, causing Australia to seek help from other countries

The cyclone left memories for many Queenslanders.

Much of Queensland was destroyed by the cyclone

Meteorological history

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Map plotting the track and intensity of the storm according to the Saffir–Simpson scale

A low pressure gains strength and turns into a tropical depression in the Coral Sea, later BoM begins to monitor and discovers that the depression was heading towards Queensland (West), one day passed and the system gains strength, until he had seen a tropical storm and was already close to Australian waters, BoM renames Tam.


Cyclone Tam still in development

Later, Tam manages to gain more force and turns into a category 1 cyclone, the BoM thought that the cyclone would reach Queensland in category 4 or category 5 in the Australian scale. Another day passed and Tam only gained momentum, BoM was already warning Queensland, BoM later told Queenslanders that the cyclone had reached category 5 on the Saffir-Simpson scale. Several days passed until Tam arrives at category 5, many inhabitants were forced to evacuate but had some that refused, the time was passing until Tam makes landfall in Queensland. Many people died and were injured, the damages were more than $10 billion, many people still have memories about this terrible cyclone.

Impact and aftermath

While Tam was still in development, BoM started to alert Queensland to warn that the cyclone would hit, many people were already worried and decided to evacuate even though the cyclone was still in category 2, on 06 the BoM of another alert for Queensland saying that the cyclone's eye would pass near Cairns.

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A photo taken of a helicopter shows an area of the city of Cairns destroyed after the passage of Tam

When Tam made landfall, the city of Cairns and Port Douglas was destroyed after the passage of Tam, mainly the city of Port Douglas that, besides being completely destroyed, the city almost went bankrupt. Already in other cities like Innisfail, the damages were means, but in some points they were strong. Australia had to pay $ 12.56 Billion to rebuild the cities destroyed by the cyclone.

Popularity on the Internet

Many people believed that the cyclone was actually two cyclones blown into one because of the power, two weeks after the cyclone, two brothers decided to call the other cyclone in Tam, forming the name TamTam,,after they created #TamTam.

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A tweet shows a phrase with #TamTam

A week later #TamTam became popular on social networks, several phrases and texts had #TamTam. TamTam also became a meme mainly on Facebook and Youtube.