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On the 2nd of February 2011, sometime shortly after 08:30 AEST, the eye of Cyclone Yasi moved directly over Willis Island as a Category 5 storm. A wind speed of 185 kilometres per hour was recorded by the weather station prior to a failure of the radar and wind speed equipment. The station staff were evacuated the previous day.
Originally posted by BLV12
Here is a live stream of the cyclone coming in from Townsville
it is interrupted by short ads occasionally btw.
www.ustream.tv...edit on 1-2-2011 by BLV12 because: (no reason given)
Here is another one, these guys are storm chasers.
www.ustream.tv...=synclickback&source=http://www.swxc.net/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=9:c urrent-chase&catid=10:currentchase&Itemid=15&medium=6484768edit on 1-2-2011 by BLV12 because: (no reason given)
If you're struggling to grasp the magnitude of Tropical Cyclone Yasi, consider this: it is so large it would almost cover the United States, most of Asia and large parts of Europe.
Most of the coverage about the scale of Yasi has tried to compare it with storms of the past - it's bigger than Larry, more powerful than Tracy.
But just as powerful is this comparison, showing this storm is continental in size. The main bloc of the cyclone is 500km wide, while its associated activity, shown above in a colour-coding to match intensity, stretches over 2000km.