Tuesday, February 1, 2011

'Monster' Storm Bears Down On Australia

A large area of northern Australia is preparing for what could be one the of the biggest cyclones ever to hit the country.

Cyclone Yasi is 500km wide and bearing down on the state of Queensland, which has already suffered from devastating floods.

The state premier, Anna Bligh, has described it as a "monster, killer storm" and she predicted deadly surges inland.

It is likely to cross the coast sometime late on Wednesday local time - and could hit anywhere along a 400-mile stretch between Cairns and Bowen.

It already is a Category 3 cyclone, and is likely to intensify to a Category 4, with gusts of wind expected to reach 160mph.

Airlines are laying on extra flights to get people out of the area, especially tourists with nowhere else to go.

But the storm is so wide that finding somewhere safe to move to will be difficult for tens of thousands of people. Read More...