In Cairns, the wind increases before the onset of the cyclone.
The latest news of Cyclone Yasi is that there have been no fatalities. Thank goodness for that.
Advance warning was timely, preparations were appropriate, and as day breaks soon, we should see the first daylight images of the destruction.
Reports from Northern Queensland are that the sound of this monster cyclone last night was 'like a jet engine going over... with trees cracking', and the brief half-hour of the passing of the eye was 'surreal... we could see the stars'.
Online Guardian article here