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. Alastair of Cairns QLD

    Just a few points, townsville is not the capital of queensland, or "north queensland" for that matter. There is only one capital, Brisbane. Cairns would be the next best city. :p

    January 31, 2011 at 10:33 pm | Report abuse |
  2. drwako

    Someone needs to notify Brisbane that they've lost out to Townsville as the capital of Queensland.

    January 31, 2011 at 10:56 pm | Report abuse |
  3. KylieDee

    Check out our Aussie news if you want the facts guys. It is scary, even from way down here in Brisbane (yes, that city that is the capital of Queensland!) Yasi is due to hit Cairns now, which is a couple of hours drive north of Townsville. And another – dare I add – pretty useless correction in the whole scheme of things. Australia is both an Island and a Continent 🙂 We're pretty cute like that...a bit like saying, "What would you LIKE my name to be?" Seriously though, our Aussie news is saying this Cyclone Yasi will be the biggest we've seen hit our Queensland coast. Prayers to everyone up there, particularly those with less resources like the very remote Aboriginal Communities.

    January 31, 2011 at 11:33 pm | Report abuse |
  4. me

    not sure who is editing at cnn these days but this is the second story i've read in about as many days with a fairly obvious mistake...anybody else catch the super volcano clip that has the state abbreviation for Montana as "MN"....

    on a more serious note keep your thoughts with those in north Queensland

    January 31, 2011 at 11:36 pm | Report abuse |
  5. poet52

    First of all,I pray that the all mighty god? Lay the tip of his finger upon this cyclone,and steer it away from are loving friends down under? May the grace of god be with you all.

    January 31, 2011 at 11:52 pm | Report abuse |
  6. poet52

    And as for the holy squiptures.not even the angels in heaven know when the end of man kind is? Not the date nore the time. If the angels are closer to god.how would man thank that he could perdict,what the angels can't???

    February 1, 2011 at 12:15 am | Report abuse |
  7. Zac

    Queenslands capital is not Townsville. It is Brisbane.

    February 1, 2011 at 1:02 am | Report abuse |
  8. sam

    I'm in Cairns,we are about to be forcibly evacuated. It's really quite dangerous. Your happy thoughts would be appreciated

    February 1, 2011 at 2:08 am | Report abuse |
  9. Aussie

    Most of you Americans are sick with all the comments you make with the exception of a few! There is a massive storm headed for Queensland most likely about to kill people – we're talking about human life, not coal or any of the disgusting jokes you Americans find amusing such as a 'waste' of kangaroo meat, or what the capital of Qld is and how to spell Brisbane. What is wrong with all of you. Lives could be lost and people are terrified. You should be so ashamed of yourselves. You have no hearts, no compassion, no decency, tact, love! Australians value human life! We went out of our way to save Abby Sunderland (one American human life who chose to place herself in a possible dangerous situation) and not once did we joke about leaving her in the ocean or find it amusing! Sorry to all the Americans with a heart, but this had to be said to all the sicko's leaving such callous, sick comments – wasting their time to write such heartless things!

    February 1, 2011 at 2:52 am | Report abuse |
  10. Aussie

    Now I know why Americans are hated so much! Big loud-mouthed, callous, heartless people. Why are you even wasting time making such heartless comments? How could any of this be amusing to you! I wish Oprah had never come to Australia. I always liked her but it was just a tourist advertisement so more Americans would come over here on holiday! Truly, I hope all of this coverage keeps all Americans out of our clean country, particularly Queensland. We are good people with hearts and I certainly don't want it polluted by people like you coming here for a holiday!

    February 1, 2011 at 3:00 am | Report abuse |
  11. raven

    To the Aussies that were offended on behalf of all Americans I apologise for the few who do embarrass the rest of us. We really arent all so uncaring and its really sad that the jerks who are so offensive ruin your impression of us . I for one sympathise with the terror you must be facing and i will be following the story til it runs its course . Be well and be safe .

    February 1, 2011 at 3:43 am | Report abuse |
  12. Amari

    It is American idiots like the ones who commented on this site that makes the world think we are loud mouthed arrogant people. Not all of us are so I also apologize for their comments. They should know better after the destruction and pain Hurricane Katrina caused in New Orleans. Shame on them. My heart is with the great people of Australia. Stay safe.

    February 1, 2011 at 4:43 am | Report abuse |
  13. Alison

    Aussie:- agree with your sentiments entirely....cyclones or not....we are still in the lucky country 🙂

    February 1, 2011 at 4:56 am | Report abuse |
  14. Aussie

    Amari and Raven,
    Thanks for your heart felt comments. I realise there are people in America who truly do care and sympathise and thanks for your thoughts! I guess there will always be people who make cruel statements about the worth of human life in relation to natural disasters. I personally have met some really nice Americans so I apologise for generalising! I've seen kangaroo's slowly drown, cattle and horses trapped from flooding and people die right before my eyes. It's something that never leaves your mind. I would have thought after Katrina, the people making offensive comments would understand or at the very least say nothing! Thank you for your kind comments – and I apologise for generalising:)

    February 1, 2011 at 5:27 am | Report abuse |
  15. JoJo

    Whatever happened to Global Warming? The powers to be don't use that term anymore...oh it's because the worlds getting colder. Wake up people it's just another excuse for a new tax to enslave us.

    February 1, 2011 at 5:57 am | Report abuse |
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