149-mph cyclone could wallop Australia
Cyclone Yasi could set back Queensland, already damaged by recent flooding, shown here.
January 31st, 2011
11:20 AM ET

149-mph cyclone could wallop Australia

A strong cyclone thrashed flood-ravaged Queensland, Australia, this week, but another storm is about to hit the highly populated north coast - and it is much bigger.

Forecasters say Cyclone Yasi could reach 149 miles per hour, according to the Sydney Morning Herald. Many are concerned that Yasi could mean setbacks for the coal-mining sector of the region, which was socked by recent massive flooding, the paper reports.

Yasi is expected hit overnight Wednesday, according to The Australian, and will come ashore between Innisfail and Proserpine, directly hitting Queensland's capital, Townsville.

Yasi follows Cyclone Anthony, which hit this week with winds reaching 80 miles an hour, according to the Courier-Mail. The newspaper also had extensive coverage of the recent flooding, which affected 3 million people in one of the country's most costly disasters. Last week, Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard proposed a tax to help cover flood damage, estimated at $5.6 billion.

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  1. G'day

    Tie me Kangaroo down sport... for real this time.

    January 31, 2011 at 6:02 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Northern2011

    This Cyclone is over 600km's wide. (over 375 miles wide)

    January 31, 2011 at 6:06 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Northern2011

    Track the path of MONSTER Cyclone Yasi @http://www.goes.noaa.gov/sohemi/sohemiloops/shirgmscol.html

    January 31, 2011 at 6:13 pm | Report abuse |
  4. ryk

    So why is the US not tripping on it's way to send aid to our friends down under? Why am I not hearing endless pleas from asinine movie stars about the suffering?

    Oh yeah. That's right. Australia is civilized and it doesn't have oil.

    Of any country that I would like to help, it would be Australia.

    January 31, 2011 at 6:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brasil1958

      @ryk. Australia has loads of oil and gas deposits in the north as well as coal. Exports mainly to China.

      January 31, 2011 at 10:16 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Jazmin

    To Fran;
    I hope a higher power never sees it in his heart to put somebody you truly love in the way of something massive like this than have ignorant people making ignorant comments on a forum about it.

    January 31, 2011 at 6:21 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Big Moose

    Jump in the waters during the storm butt-naked,good way to go out when ur so much in debt your credit is worser than the Bloods/Crips beefs

    January 31, 2011 at 6:36 pm | Report abuse |
  7. No pants

    That headline is so awesome. Here's some more options: 'tomorrows high temp could reach 409 degrees' or 'boy might get older'. Report on news. Don't make up stuff that might happen.

    January 31, 2011 at 6:40 pm | Report abuse |
  8. JoeT

    Fortunately, Australia did not sign the Kyoto Protocol, so this can't be the fault of global warming, anthropogenic or otherwise.

    January 31, 2011 at 7:07 pm | Report abuse |
  9. colonial boy

    who gives a stuff if someone got the capital wrong (clowns). You guys in the states are going to do well out of Australia losing millions of cattle and sheep. We will be unable to meet many export quotas, i hope you get the markets and hold them till we rebuild. Then help get our old share back 🙂 You wont see to many Aussies with their hand out but if Yasi hits like expected Australia will be hurt. If you would like to donate money .... please consider The Salvation Army in the Towns affected. The Sallies are a non-profit non-biased church with the trust and intimate knowledge of the Aussie towns and cities. A lot of off subject comments here, I thank those who have shown compassion and an understanding of the imminent danger the tough and resilient Queenslanders are facing. Normally you wouldn't hear a squeak out of them but after the record floods to be facing a cyclone of this magnitude will surely be daunting. A lot of Aussies watch CNN so I hope you blokes there in CNN can lift their moral to it's normal "can do" level.

    January 31, 2011 at 7:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • sue zahm

      would you please be so kind as to tell me where Gorakan NSW is. We have friends there and I have looked on the maps of Australia and cannot find that town. I am worried about them as I haven't heard from them in a few days.; we usually get something from them each week. We hope to visit Australia in October. Thanks for your help

      February 3, 2011 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
  10. The Laughing Lizard

    Afraid it will upset coal mining interests???? That is a pathetic observation. What about everything and everyone else that stands to be pummeled? The coal mining corporations have endless cash to rebuild unlike most other people and businesses.

    January 31, 2011 at 7:13 pm | Report abuse |
  11. IMNOTPUTTINGMYNAME01

    I HATE THE SEA

    January 31, 2011 at 7:40 pm | Report abuse |
  12. raven26

    What really shocked Australians was how the capital of Queensland shifted from Brisbane to Townsville. Is CNN even remotely fact-checking things? Relying too much on Wikipedia?

    January 31, 2011 at 7:46 pm | Report abuse |
  13. colonial boy

    The Coal Mining Industry supports hundreds of thousands of Australians, and our Government normally benefits greatly from it. Disruption to the mining industry means disruption to Australia.
    There is no poisened water in Ausralia. Last year we were stressed about the condition of our inland rivers , particulary the Murray River due to droughts and irrigation. So on a positive note, what was a great problem does no longer exist.
    I would suggest now is a great time to tour Australia, so get a ticket and come on down under. You'll have a great time at the beach, throw a boomerang and buy an opal , enjoy our fine seafoods and wine:)

    January 31, 2011 at 8:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • dazza

      Good points there colonial boy, Oz is a big country plenty to do see and explore

      January 31, 2011 at 8:25 pm | Report abuse |
  14. lynr

    Australia same size as USA, Cyclone now high 4, and still 24 hrs out, possible 5, (my prediction)
    Australia exports – http://www.oesr.qld.gov.au/products/tables/exports-qld-aus-all-countries-commod/index.php
    gives you some idea of how much Queensland contributes to AU economy.
    All of Brisbane flooded, NOT TRUE, I have found 898 Suburbs in greater Brisbane area, 60 of these suburbs suffered moderate to severe flooding. and for the knockers out there, have you spent days helping with the clean up in Milton area as well as helping in Fairfield area with our generator and water blaster, my husband has been employed to help with rebuild in Milton.

    January 31, 2011 at 8:52 pm | Report abuse |
  15. FN

    Brisbane is the capital....I would have thought CNN could have gotten that much correct. ABC is reporting that winds may be up to "280 kilometres per hour", which is about 175 miles per hour if the online calculator has it right....You might want to do some editing.

    January 31, 2011 at 9:16 pm | Report abuse |
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