My thoughts are with everyone in my namesake city Cairns, and EVERYWHERE in North Queensland, at this terrifying time. Please take care, don't take any unnecessary risks, hold close to your loved ones. The rest of Australia will be here to help you rebuild, just keep yourselves safe. That's all that matters. We are all hoping against hope that somehow, somehow, it will pass you by and dissipate. Hoping and praying.
Updated 8:15pm local time as Cyclone Yasi threatens many more towns and communities across North Queensland. Yasi is the most powerful cyclone to ever hit Australia. It is more powerful than Hurricane Katrina which devastated New Orleans in the USA in 2005. It is hitting the east coast as I write. All we can do now is hope and pray that there will be no casualties. Wherever you are, if you are reading this, please send your thoughts and prayers to those people who are going through this right now.