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barbk
02-02-2011, 04:46 AM
I had no idea -- this sounds dreadful -- Cyclone Yasi is projected to be as strong as Katrina, heading straight for Cairns, landfall expected Wed. AM EST:

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/41363738/ns/weather/

Badams
02-02-2011, 05:13 AM
I saw this on the news. I feel terrible for the people of Queensland. They have been through too much already, this will be absolutely devastating.:(

Civic
02-02-2011, 05:47 AM
Is a cyclone the same as a hurricane in Australia? In the U.S. the word "cyclone" is a synonym for "tornado".

HisWeirness
02-02-2011, 05:51 AM
Is a cyclone the same as a hurricane in Australia? In the U.S. the word "cyclone" is a synonym for "tornado".
NOAA has a FAQ for that. (http://www.aoml.noaa.gov/hrd/tcfaq/A1.html) I love FAQs. :D

The terms "hurricane" and "typhoon" are regionally specific names for a strong "tropical cyclone". A tropical cyclone is the generic term for a non-frontal synoptic scale low-pressure system over tropical or sub-tropical waters with organized convection (i.e. thunderstorm activity) and definite cyclonic surface wind circulation.

If winds reach 33 m/s (64 kt, 74 mph), then they are called:

"hurricane" (the North Atlantic Ocean, the Northeast Pacific Ocean east of the dateline, or the South Pacific Ocean east of 160E)
"typhoon" (the Northwest Pacific Ocean west of the dateline)
"severe tropical cyclone" (the Southwest Pacific Ocean west of 160E or Southeast Indian Ocean east of 90E)
"severe cyclonic storm" (the North Indian Ocean)
"tropical cyclone" (the Southwest Indian Ocean)

Anyway, my thoughts are with the Australians who have been dealing with a seriously nasty Mother Nature lately. :(

Anita18
02-02-2011, 07:14 AM
Yechhh they can't catch a break! :(

Aussie Willy
02-02-2011, 12:11 PM
Mother Nature is just f*cked here lately. Particularly in Queensland.

Angelskates
02-02-2011, 12:28 PM
Record 6.6m wave recorded off Townsville (http://news.ninemsn.com.au/national/yasi/8205143/roof-torn-off-in-innisfail)

:(
According to the latest information from energy companies, 61,000 homes in far north Queensland have lost power.

Bligh urged Australians to prepare to see "scenes of devastation on an unprecedented scale".

"We will all have to brace for this," she warned.

"It will take all of our strength to overcome it."

"This cyclone is like nothing we have dealt with before as a nation."

The premier said the destructive core of the cyclone is now approaching with wind gusts of up to 300km/h.

She said the core is 150km wide — five times the size of Cyclone Larry.

((((((Queensland))))))

Garden Kitty
02-02-2011, 04:36 PM
One of the Australian cyclists tweeted this link showing how the typhoon would look if it were landing in other parts of the world (http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/photogallery/environment/weather/yasi-vs-the-world/20110202-1adhm.html), just to show its size

skatemommy
02-02-2011, 05:47 PM
That is a mean nasty looking storm. Take care down under.

Rex
02-02-2011, 06:12 PM
Batten down the hatches, kids. We'll be prayin' for you.

NancyNC
02-02-2011, 06:20 PM
One of the Australian cyclists tweeted this link showing how the typhoon would look if it were landing in other parts of the world (http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/photogallery/environment/weather/yasi-vs-the-world/20110202-1adhm.html), just to show its size

:eek: (((((Queensland)))))

BittyBug
02-02-2011, 06:45 PM
Mother nature is definitely showing her might lately. I can't recall in my lifetime ever having so much extreme and devastating weather like we've had this past year throughout the world - droughts, floods, heat waves, blizzards, etc. I hope this storm will end up being weaker than anticipated.

NeilJLeonard
02-03-2011, 01:56 PM
What's the latest word on this storm?


NJL

skipaway
02-03-2011, 04:12 PM
Terror, Ruin, but no Deaths in Ferocious Cyclone (http://www.foxnews.com/world/2011/02/02/ferocious-cyclone-bears-northern-australia/) (((Queensland)))

skatesindreams
02-03-2011, 04:17 PM
My prayers are with all affected.