Whoa. My home state, Queensland (remember the one with all the floods last month? that one) is about to get bashed by a massive Tropical Cyclone called Yasi. Check this out:
Holy smoke! My sister’s about halfway up the Queensland coast, and was warned to evacuate yesterday, which was then retracted as the storm moved more to the north. Still, there’s lots of townships along that stretch of coast which are looking at a very serious disaster.
I hope everyone can take the necessary precautions and stay safe – I can’t really hold out much hope for the infrastructure though. The storm surge associated with the cyclone making landfall is predicted to be big, and there’s lots of low-lying areas which will be inundated (not to mention the 250kph wind gusts). For more information about the storm, check out the official Bureau of Meteorology wrap here, or the more readable news page at the Courier Mail here.