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Wednesday, 2 February 2011

Prayers Once Again For Our Friends in Australia

It seems only a short while ago that we were saying prayers for our Australian friends because of the terrible floods in Brisbane and surrounding areas.

Once again our thoughts and prayers must be with all those likely to be affected by Cyclone Yasi.  This is a Category 5 storm, which is the most severe level and its arrival is imminent.

Apparently, Queensland residents have been told that it is too late to escape, and that they should take shelter.  The Prime Minister of Australia, Julia Gillard, has described the storm as being of savagery and intensity.

I am copying the following from the BBC News site :


Cyclone Yasi is expected to make landfall between the northern city of Cairns - home to some 164,000 people, and popular with tourists - and the rural community of Innisfail, some 100km (60 miles) south.
The eye of the storm alone was reported to be 35km (22 miles) in width, with a front stretching across 650km (400 miles).

Storm surges are expected to cause widespread flooding and wind gusts are likely to rip off roofs and cause significant structural damage.

High winds and driving rain are already battering coastal towns and cities. In Innisfail, a roof has already been ripped from a building.

Image provided by Nasa shows Tropical Cyclone Yasi as it approaches Queensland, Australia This image provided by Nasa shows Cyclone Yasi as it approaches Queensland

Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you all, and   please stay safe.

20 comments:

Shady Del Knight said...

It seems so unfair for one area to suffer two disasters so close together but it can happen anywhere at any time. They are in my prayers, Thisisme!

Kelly~ Wave of Life Surf Studio said...

I can only imagine how they must be feeling. I can't believe how many massive storms etc there has been this season~ unbelievable!

becca said...

so awful to hear keeping themin my prayers

lyndylou said...

It is truly a tragedy in the making! Thoughts and prayers are with them all

Bethe77 said...

Yes! I woke up to this on the morning news this morning here in the states. My prayers are with them all. So many huge storms going on around the world causing huge problems for many. My prayers go out to all. Lord please be with each one and keep a hedge of protection encamped about our loved ones Lord. Thank you.

mskanorado said...

Thoughts and prayers are with them! So sad that so much tragedy keeps happening there!

Belle said...

I am praying for them, Thisisme. It is good how you are always thinking of others.

Bouncin' Barb said...

Hed's family is there and my prayers are with them. This is so awful.

Ann Nichols said...

Oh My... I had no idea about this storm! Yes, I will pray for them all. I lived in Florida so really understand about hurricanes and how scary they can be...

Odie Langley said...

I also feel for them with such a sense of helplessness and sadness for what they are having to endure. Prayers will continue.
Odie

Chatty Crone said...

I heard that in the news today too. Those poor people. Our north is having a blast of snow -24 inches. Bad winter - but the groundhog did not see his shadow which means spring is near.

Prayers to Austrailia.

sandie

Thisisme. said...

EVERYONE - iT'S GOOD THAT WE ARE ALL THINKING OF THEM. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR ALL YOUR COMMENTS.

Teresa - in the Middle Side of Life said...

been praying for them as well. i posted on my FB page last night about it and i have about 170 people on there, so hopefully many of them are praying as well.

Thisisme. said...

Teresa -That's brilliant. I do believe in the power of prayer.

Stella said...

My prayers are with all the people affected by this storm. How nice of you to bring it to everyone's attention.

Thisisme. said...

Stella - it was the least I could do. Let's pray that perhaps it won't be as bad as they are forecasting.

SkippyMom said...

I was chatting with Mynx last night about this and it is so, so sad. It is the same in strength as a hurricane the US had a few years back and it is so scary that they will be hit in the same manner.

Much prayer and good thoughts that it lessens before it hits land.

Julie said...

So scary...it seems unfair. Will be praying for them again! Thanks for stopping by today!

hed said...

Thank you for this post.

I know I'm a day late! I've been beat from staying up all last night watching the coverage and making sure the hubs was okay (he is)

<3 hed

Thisisme. said...

SkippyMom - thankfully, the storm doesn't seem to be as bad as expected.

Julie - hopefully all our prayers helped!

Hed - It must have been SO worrying for you. Glad that hubs is safe and sound, and hope you have since managed to get some sleep. You must have been exhausted.