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Roadrunnerz Goldie

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Posted: 01 February 2011 at 4:54am | IP Logged
Reminds me of the movie 2012
Is this going to be THE END Geek

SolidSnake IF-Rockerz

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Posted: 01 February 2011 at 7:06am | IP Logged
Cyclone Yasi roars toward Australia's waterlogged Queensland

Cyclone Yasi is expected to slam into the Queensland coast around 1 a.m. Thursday local time, packing winds of more than 250 k.p.h. (155 m.p.h.). This puts it on a par with the force of Hurricane Katrina, which devastated New Orleans in 2005 and clocked winds of 175 m.p.h., before weakening as it neared the coast. Ouch

A coastal warning has been declared for residents living between Cooktown and Sarina, an area that takes in major population, tourism and agricultural centers, including Cairns. Some 250,000 people are likely to be affected by the cyclone.

"This storm is huge and life threatening," Queensland Premier Anna Bligh said on Tuesday. "I know many of us will feel that Queensland has already borne about as much as we can bear when it comes to disasters and storms, but more is being asked of us. I am confident that we are able to rise to this next challenge."

Mandatory evacuation orders were issued Monday to residents living in low-lying coastal areas along Yasi's path. Two hospitals in Cairns have been evacuated due to concerns about storm surges and flash flooding. Holidaymakers staying in luxury resorts dotted throughout the Whitsunday Islands have also been evacuated. Airlines scrambled to put on extra flights on Tuesday before airports were closed, denying allegations they were price gouging.

Residents living in higher areas have been told to prepare to face a 500 km (300 mile)-wide cyclone with an eye that could take more than an hour to pass. Major roads throughout affected areas are expected to be closed on Wednesday.

Yasi is also threatening around a third of Queensland's sugar cane crop. Australia is the third largest sugar exporter in the world and Queensland grows more than 90 percent of the country's sugar cane. The state's banana crop, another major earner, is also expected to be severely impacted. This latest hit comes as Queenslanders clean up from floods that have caused some $5.6 billion in damage.

Forecasters have warned that Yasi – a high Category 4 system – will hit with more ferocity than Cyclone Larry – a medium Category 4 system – which damaged 10,000 homes and caused $1.5 billion in damage when it struck the Queensland coast in 2006.

Yesterday, however, many of those in the storm's path were displaying the resilience their state is famed for throughout the rest of Australia.

"The city is on alert, most of it is shut down, but we are still serving," the waitress at the Grand Hotel in Cairns said. "We don't have any plans to shut down."

For a state that simply cannot absorb any more water, the prospect of torrential rain looms as a new blow. But in something of a silver lining, forecasters are cautiously optimistic that Yasi will not drop the majority of its rain on Queensland's central catchment area which was hardest hit in the recent floods.

return_to_hades IF-Sizzlerz

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Posted: 01 February 2011 at 11:47am | IP Logged
Why does this title say US next?

We lived through Snowmageddon and the Snowcaplaypse! Let it snow! Bring it on! LOL

We had a nice appetizer last night. Nothing major, just a few jacknived semis. We had a semi blocking all three lanes of I-94 today.

The entree is supposed to whip us tonight. Blizzard with thundersnow and 40 mile winds tonight. All of Midwest is under blizzard warning from 3 Pm today till tomorrow noon. We will be fine. I just hope the southern wussies dont cover in fear and drive into a ditch over a dusting. LOL

Although the south is under tornado watch. winter tornadoes are nasty. Hope it ain't too rough. Ouch I think our Debo is in the ice and frost zone, or is it thundersnow for them too.

Edited by return_to_hades - 01 February 2011 at 11:49am
Summer3 IF-Stunnerz

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My previous article mentioned that scientists expected floodings in the US west coasts.
This sudden snow storm of historic proportions is a new one to me.
Even another major storm hitting Queensland so sion again is pretty sad.
blue-ice. IF-Addictz

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Posted: 01 February 2011 at 3:46pm | IP Logged

Edited by blue-ice - 15 February 2011 at 4:44pm
Summer3 IF-Stunnerz

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Posted: 01 February 2011 at 6:05pm | IP Logged
Originally posted by blue-ice

Originally posted by return_to_hades

We lived through Snowmageddon and the Snowcaplaypse! Let it snow! Bring it on! LOL

exactly....WisconsiniteLOL....snow se darr gaya to samjho marr gayaLOL

Looks like a 100 mil people affected! Sounds serious.
chal_phek_mat Senior Member

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Posted: 02 February 2011 at 2:30am | IP Logged
Originally posted by Summer3

My previous article mentioned that scientists expected floodings in the US west coasts.
This sudden snow storm of historic proportions is a new one to me.
Even another major storm hitting Queensland so sion again is pretty sad.
Actually the conservatives have been saying there will be an earthquake and California will break away and sink into the Pacific, but their reasoning is slightly different than yoursLOL
SolidSnake IF-Rockerz

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Posted: 02 February 2011 at 8:00am | IP Logged
Thing getting worse for Australia

Australia braces for 'worst-ever' cyclone

CAIRNS: A terrifying cyclone roaring towards Australia strengthened to the most dangerous threat level Wednesday, as officials warned it could be the deadliest storm in generations.

As the winds that heralded Severe Tropical Cyclone Yasi's arrival began battering hundreds of kilometres (miles) of Queensland coast, state Premier Anna Bligh told residents it was now too late to escape "the most catastrophic storm to ever hit our coast."

Yasi was upgraded to a category five storm from category four as it menaced the populous east coast, where it was expected to hit around 10pm (1200 GMT) on Wednesday, the Bureau of Meteorology said.

"This impact is likely to be more life-threatening than any experienced during recent generations," it said in an ominous warning that raised the expected strength of the looming storm.

Yasi, packing a 650-kilometre (400-mile) front and an eye measuring about 35 kilometres across, was on course to slam directly into the area between the tourist hub of Cairns and Cardwell to the south.

Power lines and trees were felled by early gusts, with an offshore weather station at Willis Island clocking 185 kilometres an hour winds before it was destroyed.

Prime Minister Julia Gillard said Yasi looked like the worst cyclone in Australian history and said the nation was with Queenslanders as they faced "many, many dreadful, frightening hours" waiting for it to strike.

"This is probably the worst cyclone that our nation has ever seen. In the hours of destruction that are coming to them, all of Australia is going to be thinking of them," she said.

Yasi was expected to generate highly destructive winds of more than 280 kilometres per hour, 700 millimetres (27.5 inches) of rain and a storm surge that is threatening to flood towns and tourist resorts.

The epic cyclone, the first category five to hit the area since 1918, was over the Coral Sea about 400 kilometres offshore, but high winds were battering the coast a full 10 hours before its arrival.

Yasi is so enormous that it would almost cover the United States or large parts of Europe, News Ltd newspapers reported.

Locals and tourists were warned to stay where they were and not to risk moving until the storm had passed.

Those remaining in their homes were told to prepare a "safe room" with mattresses, pillows, a radio, food and water supplies to wait out the cyclone.

"The roofs of their houses may lift off but that does not make the structure... any less sound," State Disaster Coordinator Ian Stewart said.

"They get wet but it is far more dangerous to panic and run out of the house than to stay bunkered down."

Thousands of people have already fled the area since Monday and seaside residents were urged to desert their homes ahead of a dangerous storm surge of between 2.3 and seven metres (eight to 23 feet) that was likely to cause major flooding.

Two hospitals in Cairns have been evacuated and shuttered, and their patients were airlifted on military planes to the city of Brisbane.

But airports and ports in Cairns and other cities down the coast were shut to traffic Wednesday as winds picked up strength, while remaining residents battened down in the safest rooms in their homes.

The streets of Cairns, usually bustling with holidaymakers and diving enthusiasts, were eerily deserted. More than 10,000 people were sheltering in 20 evacuation centres across the region, while tens of thousands more were staying with family and friends.

Fearing a massive relief operation, the military was readying supply ships with aircraft landing capability to help with search and rescue once the storm passed. A similar mission was mounted after the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami.

"We have a mild sense of panic. The worst thing is the waiting," government worker Iony Woolaghan told AFP from Townsville, where officials say more than 10,000 homes are at risk of flooding.

The storm's size and power dwarfs Cyclone Tracy, which hit the northern Australian city of Darwin in 1974, killing 71 people and flattening more than 90 percent of its houses.

It will also be twice the size and far stronger than the category four Cyclone Larry that caused Aus$1.5 billion ($1.5 billion) of damage after hitting agricultural areas around Innisfail, just south of Cairns, in 2006.

Forecasters said Yasi could be "horrific" and take 24 hours to weaken after it makes landfall.


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