Southern Queensland is still cleaning up after the flooding but now Northern Queensland is facing the worst cyclone in Australia’s history.
Tropical Cyclone Yasi is due to hit around midnight tonight (Australian Eastern Standard) and everyone is worried.
To give you some idea of how powerful this Category 5 cyclone is: the main part of the storm is a staggering 500km wide (310 miles) and its associated activity is more than 2000km (1250 miles). The graphic above is transposed over the US to give you an idea of just how big Yasi is.
Just as bad as the storm and wind is the storm surge expected: a wall of water pushed before the storm expected to be between 3 and 7 metres (9 and 21 feet) tall and extremely powerful.
Cross your fingers, say a prayer, spare a thought, sacrifice a wooden chicken etc. for the many people affected.
One of my sources in the Defence Force told me this afternoon that they’ve shipped 70,000 body bags up there fearing the worst. I hope they don’t need any.