UPDATE - 9.30am: Yasi has been upgraded to a life-threatening Category Five storm - more here ...
You'd think that Australians, especially Queenslanders had already suffered enough weather woes in 2011. Apparently not; Cyclone Yasi is bearing down on north Queensland, and is poised for a direct hit on Cairns late tonight (Queensland time).
Yasi has been upgraded to a Category Four cyclone overnight, and looks as though it will pack a real punch. Winds of in excess of 250km/hr are being forecast, and widespread damage is predicted.
In the media age in which we live, Yasi's every move is being closely monitored. The satellite images show a huge storm marching towards the Australian mainland. We've been following coverage on the Brisbane Courier-Mail's website, where as-they-happen updates are being posted.
A major effort is underway in and around Cairns to prepare for Yasi's arrival. Evacuation centres have already been set up. Hospitals have been cleared. Flights into Cairns, including a couple from Air New Zealand have been cancelled over the next couple of days.
Our thoughts are with the people of Cairns, Inisfall and other places in Cyclone Yasi's path. In particular, our thoughts and prayers are with Queensland Premier Anna Bligh who has been the face of the disasters in the state over the last month.