Cyclone Yasi, a category five storm, the most severe level, is expected to landfall shortly in the coastal area of Australia. Yasi will be hitting first Innisfail and Cairns, where 89,000 people across the region are already without power.
Queensland Premier, Anna Bligh, has warned residents of devastation and heartbreak on an unprecedented scale, “this is the most catastrophic storm ever seen in the state… It would be a very frightening time, with 24 hours of terrifying winds, torrential rains, and the likely loss of electricity and mobile phones,” she said.
Winds of almost 300km/h have been predicted, this poses an extremely serious threat to life and property, especially around the cities of Cairns and Townsville. It has been also warned that the cyclone would cause tides up to 9 feet.
People are being reported every hour about the hurricane status in the country, the population say that they are prepared to cope it, more than 10,000 people is already in shelters and precautionary measures have been taken.