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.
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.