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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.

Blessings,
Natasha In Oz 

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22 comments:

  1. G'morning, dear heart,
    Our weather, all over the country has been so severe. We've not had big snows here in West Texas but severe cold. I have worried about our homeless but shelters have brought them inside.
    Stay warm...:)
    xo bj

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  2. Natasha,

    Mother Nature is certainly running amok. I wish you and yours safety during this time.

    Carol

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  3. Hi Natasha. It is so very worrying for everyone. As you say, just what is going on with the weather at the moment. I have just written a post on this very subject, and prayers and thoughts are with all those likely to be affected. As if Australia hasn't had enough to cope with in recent times. You take care Natasha.

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  4. Dear Ntasha,
    I have been trying to stay current, but the news is not covering it here.
    This cyclone is huge - will keep praying for you all!
    Stay safe,
    Mimi

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  5. Your storm is big news here in the States, and I join you in your prayers. Stay safe.

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  6. Sending all the "best of British luck" to everyone in N Queensland. That includes my brother & his family wherever they are, thinking of them at this time.

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  7. I pray that everyone will be safe from this cyclone! The weather as of late and all of the bad things going on in the world are scary! Keep safe!

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  8. Hi Natasha, I immediately thought of you and Tracy (Hey Harriet!) when I saw this on the news. I am praying for you guys to stay safe and sheltered from this awful storm. I am going to put a link to your excellent post and ask for prayers. God bless you my friend.

    Kathy

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  9. Oh Natasha! Please stay safe. We have seen so many of those boarded up messages here in the states from recent years. That storm is so large, I haven't ever seen anything like it. Prayers for you and your family.
    Sherry

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  10. Oh my... they say a picture is worth a thousand words... these maps really show it... And this from one who used to live in Florida and has escaped many a hurricane. Stay safe dear Natasha and many prayers for you, your family and your countrymen.
    Ann

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  11. We heard about in the news today ...o my....wishing you good luck...stay in home darling.......i must think about you darling today ....my prayers are by you and all the people their ! love love Ria....xxx...

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  12. It seems like the weather everywhere in the world right now has gone totally crazy! What is going on?! Here..it is cold but no snow even yet, lots of sun! My prayers are with all these people too! :D

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  13. Hello Natasha,

    While watching the news today, you were on my mind. My thoughts and prayers are with you, your family and all that are in the path of the cyclone.

    ~ Tracy

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  14. Your post puts the size of this storm in perspective. Very frightening. Be safe, my friend!

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  15. Dear Natasha,
    we just discussed the cyclon over Queensland and now I see your post here. Oh my... now, as I see your maps I can imagine how big it is. Our thought and our prayers are with all those people who struck with that desaster.
    Hugs, Johanna

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  16. That is quite scary - prayers to the residents of that area. The weather of late has been crazy, all over the globe. Here's hoping things calm down very soon!

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  17. Natasha...I just can't believe that Queensland is in for it again. We have spent a lot of time in Port Douglas over the years and I believe that it is in the path of Yasi. You are so right...we have to keep them in our prayers.

    Jeanne xxx

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  18. Praying for peace and safety during this difficult time!

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  19. Oh my gosh! A cyclone! How scary!!!
    Thank you so much for your comment! I am having so much fun with the show!!! PLEASE let me know what you think of it if you get a chance to listen!
    BE SAFE!
    Have a pretty day!
    Kristin

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  20. That cyclone looks really scary, Natasha. I hope everybody is safe and no one is hurt badly...Christine

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  21. Hi Natasha, oh, I am so happy that you left us a comment. I am glad that the storm has been downgraded and that people are safe. Yay, and praise the Lord for that.

    Take care and God bless you, my Blend,

    Kathy

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  22. Weather and politics - I am not sure which has the gone the most extreme.
    We will be thinking of yall as this storm keeps advancing.

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