First we had the floods with 75% of the state affected by nightmarish floods, and now the north of the state is about to be hit by a category 5 cyclone.
To put this is perspective Cyclone Tracy, that hit Darwin in 1974, wiping out 95% of the city, was a category 4 (a category 3 in the SSH scale that’s used in the US)). Hurricane Katrina which was one of the most destructive hurricanes in US history was a high category 3 (in the SSH scale so that’s a 4 in Australian scales) when it made landfall. Cyclone Yasi which is expected to hit in the next few hours is a category 5 (Australian scale) and absolutely massive.
The mind boggles as to what will happen tonight or perhaps the mind just can’t cope with the reality. All of my extended family live from Innisfail to Bowen so I’ve been glued to the weather bureau sites and the tv reports.
This things is a real monster so North Queensland will be coveting all of all our prayers tonight and in the coming days.