Australia Cyclone Yasi roars into Queensland coast
Queenslanders are being told to brace for the most catastrophic storm ever to hit their shores. State Premier Anna Bligh said she did not think Australia had ever seen a storm of this intensity in an area as thickly populated. She predicted it would be a very frightening time, with 24 hours of terrifying winds, torrential rains, and the likely loss of electricity and mobile phones. Meteorologists upgraded Cyclone Yasi to a category five storm. With winds of almost 300km/h (186mph), they are warning it poses an extremely serious threat to life and property, especially around the cities of Cairns and Townsville. She warned that it could cause a tidal surge as high as nine metres (nearly 30ft), overwhelming low-lying coastal areas. She said it would be a difficult night and a tough few days for the people of north Queensland, adding: "We are in completely uncharted waters."
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