TC Yasi Hits Northeast Australia

Severe winter storms and Groundhog Day may be dominating the headlines here in the U.S., but spare a thought for flood-weary Queensland, Australia where massive Tropical Cyclone Yasi, a Category 5 storm, is crossing the coast.

An article in The Australian describes Yasi as a storm bigger than Hurricane Katrina and notes that the storm surge after Yasi  may coincide with a high tide, meaning the floods to come could be even higher.

The latest advisory from the Australian Bureau of Meteorology puts Yasi at about 120km (75 miles) south southeast of Cairns, Queensland, and moving west southwest at 30km (19 miles) per hour.

It warns that the very destructive core of Yasi will take up to four hours to pass and bring a dangerous storm tide and battering waves, as well as destructive winds.

Over at Wunderblog, Dr. Jeff Masters observes:

Yasi is larger and more dangerous than Cyclone Larry of 2006, which hit Queensland as a Category 4 storm with 135 mph winds. Larry killed one person and caused $872 million in damage (2011 U.S. dollars). Yasi will bring heavy rains to a region with soils already saturated from record rains, and may become a billion-dollar cyclone.”

Check out  this pic of Yasi courtesy of NASA:




















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