“Entire suburbs in three north Queensland cities will be evacuated today as Cyclone Yasi powers towards the coast, bringing destructive winds, torrential rain, and massive storm surges.
Yasi is expected to be packing winds of up to 280 kilometres per hour when it makes landfall as a category four system somewhere between Cairns and Innisfail at around midnight (AEST) on Wednesday.
A cyclone watch is in place for communities for Cape Melville to Cooktown, and adjacent inland areas east of Richmond.
As residents batten down, Queensland Premier Anna Bligh has warned that the storm has the potential to be the biggest the state has ever seen…” – source
That’s a bit parochial though. We should also be thinking of the people in the Solomons and other Coral Sea islands.