I was holidaying in Cairns only a few weeks ago and have been following the news about Cyclone Yasi with some interest. Looks like it’s going to be a devastating storm, only weeks after other parts of Queensland suffered serious floods.
I’ve been looking at the figures and they look pretty spectacular. The cyclone is a category five storm, the most severe level, with winds approaching 300km/h (185mph). The eye of the storm is estimated to be about 35km (22 miles) wide creating surging tides up to 9 metres (30 feet).
It seems inevitable there will be serious destruction, lets just hope the precautions undertaken are as effective as possible.