SEVERE TC YASI IS A LARGE AND VERY POWERFUL TROPICAL CYCLONE AND POSES AN EXTREMELY SERIOUS THREAT TO LIFE AND PROPERTY WITHIN THE WARNING AREA, ESPECIALLY BETWEEN CAIRNS AND TOWNSVILLE.
THIS IMPACT IS LIKELY TO BE MORE LIFE THREATENING THAN ANY EXPERIENCED DURING RECENT GENERATIONS.
I'm off to stay with friends for the duration of the cyclone, so I will be sitting out this storm in excellent company. Because this system is likely to bring down transmission towers, there will probably be no electricity for at least five days. Maybe more than a week.
Good luck to everyone, especially those on the coast who are will be facing the storm surges.
If anyone is interested in following Yasi's progress, the Bureau of Meteorology has radar, frequent updates and forecast maps. The latter two are available under the Queensland heading.
Latest tracking map. (I'm a smidgeon to the west of Innisfail.)