Sally's moving blog post on water and flooding in Queensland is fresh in my memory. And so it's really a shock to see Cyclone Yasi, a Category 5 storm so large that it would cover most of the continental US or all of Western Europe, bearing down on... Queensland. And of course, as luck would have it, the storm was moving ashore at high tide. While the storm is moving rapidly, it is a wet hurricane and torrential rains are anticipated.
The sobering weather advisory from the Australian Bureau of Meteorology:
YASI IS A LARGE AND VERY POWERFUL TROPICAL CYCLONE AND POSES AN EXTREMELY SERIOUS THREAT TO LIFE AND PROPERTY WITHIN THE WARNING AREA, ESPECIALLY BETWEEN CAIRNS AND TOWNSVILLE.
THIS IMPACT IS LIKELY TO BE MORE LIFE THREATENING THAN ANY EXPERIENCED DURING RECENT GENERATIONS.
The people of Queensland need your every good wish. If you wish to contribute, again, the appropriate sites are:
For your movtivation, here are a couple of images from the Australian News.com to put this storm's size in perspective: