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. JFWilder

    Looks like I could book some cheap airline tickets to Sydney about now, eh?

    January 31, 2011 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • LH

      Sydney is fine. QLD is stuffed. this is coming from a QLD resident who just went through the flash flooding in the south east. We are sick of rain but heck this is not gonna beat us. My 90 year old gran in Cairns is not worried, ride it out like we always have.. and have a pair of gloves ready for the cleanup.

      February 1, 2011 at 1:50 am | Report abuse |
  2. boom

    The end of days is near!

    January 31, 2011 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Anthony

    All sports update Steelers Fall Packers shock Pa

    January 31, 2011 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Anthony

    Grumpy Pa falls on its ass

    January 31, 2011 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
  5. SeanNJ

    Wait...so the Super Bowl is in Australia this year?

    January 31, 2011 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
  6. steve s

    why not call it a hurricane?

    January 31, 2011 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • BurnTHalO

      They are called different things depending on which ocean they are in. Just how it is.

      January 31, 2011 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
  7. cel

    hmmm, could God be punishing Australia for Murdoch's lies and deceptions via News Corp ? I;d say YES !!!!

    January 31, 2011 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • oz

      Last time I looked Murdoch is now an american citizen. He had to give up his Australian Citizenship to be able to own media in the U.S.
      Dont bring stories of fairytales into this!

      February 1, 2011 at 2:07 am | Report abuse |
  8. Arthur Peabody

    Actually God is punishing Australia for Van Nguyen's execution in Singapore. Guess who's next?

    January 31, 2011 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Janine

      In that case, Singapore should be punished since it was Singapore who executed him and the Australian government was trying to prevent it from happening...

      January 31, 2011 at 5:04 pm | Report abuse |
  9. brad

    @steve s, you should really try to use google before asking a stupid question.

    January 31, 2011 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Flip

    I'm writing from Brisbane, Queensland's capital!! It's too soon to know whether or not Yasi will directly hit Townsville, they're unpredictable. Steve, they're not called hurricanes in this part of the world but amount to the same thing.

    January 31, 2011 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Natalie

    Fact Check - Townsvile is DEFINITELY not Queenslands Capital....pretty obvious error.

    January 31, 2011 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Sarah

    What suprised me most about this article? 'Last week, Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard proposed a tax to help cover flood damage, estimated at $5.6 billion'. That's not something an American politician would ever say. We want more from the country but we don't want to pay for it.

    January 31, 2011 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Janine

      Yeh she'll probably hit us with a cyclone tax next..

      January 31, 2011 at 5:06 pm | Report abuse |
  13. mark

    Townsville is provisional cuz Brisbane already under water,

    January 31, 2011 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Denizen Kate

    @steve, a hurricane is a tropical cyclone, but there are other types of cyclones. Wikipedia has a good explanation in mostly layman's terms.

    @brad, there's no such thing as a stupid question. How else do we learn?

    January 31, 2011 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Mike

    CNN, check your geography, Brisbane is the capital. Why you gotta make us (Americans) look bad?

    January 31, 2011 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
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