Tonight my thoughts and prayers are with all those in North Queensland as they brace themselves for the onslaught of Cyclone Yasi.
My sister, her husband and their three children live in the town of Gordonvale, which is about a 1/2 hour drive south of Cairns. My Aunt and Uncle live in Cairns, as do their adult children, my cousins and their families. There are also other extended family members spread all around the region.
I can't imagine what it must be like having to wait for the cyclone to hit, terrifying I'm sure.
Whilst people living in the north are usually prepared for the cyclone season, I don't think anyone can anticipate how big this will be.
Please keep them in your thoughts.