02 February 2011

Disasters. We has them.

To my lovely readers from across the sea,

You have probably heard about the floods we've had in Queensland.

Did you hear that there were floods in Victoria as well?  And what about the bushfires in Western Australia?

The bits that weren't affected by all that continued with a heatwave.

And now, there are about 60 minutes until a giant tropical cyclone hits our coast.  Its name makes it sound like 5 giant dice are sitting offshore waiting to roll over the north-east part of the continent...

Not actually Tropical Cyclone Yahtzee, although I think that about 50 times a day.  Cyclone Yasi, which promises to be bigger than anything we have seen in our lifetimes. 

In the next 24 hours or so, our news sites will keep you updated.  ABC News, The Courier Mail.

This is a little graphic that compares the cyclone we are expecting with the devastating Cyclones Tracy (1974) and Larry (2006) and also Hurricane Katrina (2005) which was undoubtedly the largest, although Yasi is expected to deliver faster wind speeds and heavier rainfall.

So if you're a praying person, would you mind getting your praying gear out for the people of Far North Queensland over the next few hours?  It will be a long and scary night for them.


Emily Sue said...

My cousins were in Cyclone Tracey. And now one of them lives in Qld... not sure if they're in FNQ though. So frightening. And Tracey was unusual for being so small, yet so intense.

Did you see this graphic? It gives a good idea of the size.


Jen said...

I read about this last night and was wondering about you and your family. I hope that you are all safe.

I will certainly be keeping all of you in my prayers.

Much Love.

Heather said...

Absolutely keeping you (in the more universal sense) in prayer.

Six Days of "Eating In" said...

Definitely praying. So many devastating things happening. Praying for the safety of everyone in that area.

Margaret (Peggy or Peg too) said...

I pray that all will all right.
what the heck is going on in our world right now?

((cber hugs))

Be safe.

Tracy P. said...

Wow, I'm a late arrival to the disaster. I hope you've found your Yahtzee dice so you'll have something to do while you wait out the storm. So thankful for the guy who, many years ago, told me it's never too late to pray. Doing so now!

flask said...

yeah, i'll keep you in prayer, too.

i'm home today because everything here has been canceled due to our much more benign weather.

nothing dangerous if we don't go out; the snow just keeps falling but it piles harmlessly up and i keep thinking of you guys over there.

Joy said...

I heard about the cyclone today on the news. I'm praying too. I went thru Hurricane Ike and they are very scary to go thru.
♥ Joy

Hairline Fracture said...

So sorry I'm late to hear about it...I hope the storm has passed and that it did not take lives. Will continue to pray either way.

tinsenpup said...

It's really got to make you wonder, doesn't it?