Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Category 5 Tropical Cyclone Yasi approaches North Queensland...

Just a quick post today friends...

I don't quite know what is going on with Mother Nature at the moment, but these images from The Courier Mail website have really scared me because they illustrate just how damaging Category 5 Tropical Cyclone Yasi is going to be for the already battered towns of North Queensland.

If Yasi maintains its current intensity when it crosses the coast, it will be the strongest cyclone to hit Queensland since 1899.

TC Yasi superimposed on USA
Date/Time: 2011:02:02 13:29:18 Source: news.com.au

Tropical Cyclone Yasi is so large it would almost cover the United States, most of Asia and large parts of Europe.  In the map above, the United States from Pennsylvania in the east to Nevada in the west, from Georgia in the south to Canada in the north and well into Mexico would be battered with 300km/h or 200 miles per hour winds.

The map below shows the impact if the storm was attacking Asia...taking in an area from Japan, the Koreas and China all the way through southeast Asia, around through India and the Himalayas and threatening large parts of central Asia.TC Yasi superimposed on Asia
Source: news.com.au
This map shows what the storm would be like if it was over Europe.TC Yasi superimposed on Europe
Source: news.com.au
This next map shows the heart of the storm over New Orleans, covering Louisiana and neighbouring states.
The eye itself, at 35km (I think that is about 21 miles) across, would stretch over all of the Hurricane Katrina-ravaged city's centre. Yasi's eye over New Orleans
Source: news.com.au

This photo taken by Adam Head in Townsville today captures what much of the country is thinking tonight.
Good luck North Queensland Yasi
My thoughts and prayers are with all of the people braving this terrible cyclone.

Natasha In Oz 

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