Australia Storm: Cyclone Yasi?

Cyclone Yasi has struck the north-east coast of Australia. Yasi is predicted to be the largest tropical storm ever experienced in the country.

People in Australia have been told to prepare themselves for a terrifying 24 hours as Cyclone Yasi takes aim at heavily populated areas of the Queensland's north.

State Premier Anna Bligh said she did not think Australia had ever seen a storm of this intensity in an area as thickly populated.

What is the latest update on Cyclone Yasi? Where is the storm now?

asked by Nathan in Weather | 2545 views | 02-02-2011 at 05:35 PM

The core of Yasi, a catastrophic category 5 storm, began crossing Queensland state’s northeast coast with wind gusts of as much as 290 kilometers per hour.

Officials say that Cyclone Yasi was expected to cause substantial damage, though they would have little idea of the scale of the disaster until the worst had passed.

Cyclone Yasi, expected to hit small tourist cities such as Cairns and Townsville is the highest rating possible and the first such tempest to hit cyclone-prone Queensland coast at this force since 1918.

The Bureau of Meteorology reported that Yasi would continue to move inland in a west-southwesterly direction towards the Georgetown area during the morning.

answered by Dominic | 02-02-2011 at 05:36 PM

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