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Because, you know, Queensland's just had it too easy lately:
Meteorologists are warning that a huge cyclone heading towards Australia could be the most life-threatening storm in generations.They're expecting wind gusts NEARING 200 MPH. That is just sick.
Tropical Cyclone Yasi has been upgraded to a category five, which is severe.
Tropical Cyclone Yasi is set to hit the northern coast of Queensland state late today or early tomorrow.
The weather bureau says there's an extremely serious threat to life and property, especially between the towns of Port Douglas and Townsville.
Thousands of residents and holidaymakers have been flown out, while two hospitals in the town of Cairns have been evacuated.
Look at this:
You can see the storm plain enough. The white line on the left shows the outline of the Cape York Peninsula. Humongous!
Get out now:
State Premier Anna Bligh said the timing meant a very dangerous storm surge could be expected across a large stretch of the north Queensland coast.
‘‘I cannot say in strong enough terms, you have to take this window of opportunity to evacuate,’’ Ms Bligh told people at risk of the surge.Oh—and it's coming in on a high tide. Perfect.
The cyclone is expected to make landfall between Cairns and Cardwell at 10pm (Queensland time) tonight, coinciding with the high tide.
‘‘It will close within the next three hours. Do not bother to pack bags, just grab each other and get to a place of safety.’’
Jesus. Good luck, once again, Queenslanders.
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