Australia: Cyclone Yasi bears down on Queensland

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I’m thinking of my new friends from Australia this morning. Less than a week ago we were talking about the Australian mega-drought. Today Australians are fleeing cyclone Yasi. Good luck y’all. Click here for the time lapse sequence for the storm.

Here’s a report from ABC News. From the article:

North Queensland residents are starting to feel the full force of one of Australia’s worst cyclones, with the category-five storm due to cross the coast near Innisfail about midnight (AEST). Yasi has closed to within 90 kilometres of Innisfail and the weather bureau’s 10pm warning stated it had slowed and was moving west south-west at 25kph. Hundreds of thousands of people are sheltering in evacuation centres and homes across the region as strong winds and heavy rain lash hundreds of kilometres of coastline…

[Queensland Premier Anna Bligh] says the potentially deadly system is the “most catastrophic storm ever seen” in the state and will pack winds of up to 300 kilometres per hour.

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