On this day …….. 26th of January 1896

Tropical Cyclone Sigma caused destruction from Townsville to Brisbane on the 26th of January 1896. 18 people were killed, most of whom lost their lives when a storm surge caused a breach of the Ross River on 26 January, travelling 3 miles (4.8 km) upstream, and flooding parts of Townsville to a depth of 2 metres (6 ft 7 in).