Record cyclone swirls over Australia

Tyler Murphy

There’s a Category Five Cyclone named Yasi with winds of 186 miles per hour battering the coast of Australia raising tides to 30 feet above their normal levels.

Sounds terrifying but try to imagine what these numbers really mean. The Oxford pool’s deep end I recall was about 12 feet, so the ocean compared to what it was Tuesday along Australia’s coast will be three Oxford pools deeper by the end of the today. I’m about six feet tall so standing on the Queensland beach under normal conditions I could look up and imagine four copies of myself standing on each other shoulders and we still wouldn’t see above the storm’s projected water line.

I’ve never gotten my car up to 186 miles per hour before. I can imagine through traveling at 75 or 80 mph down the interstate and holding my hand out the window. So imagine between triple and double that effect, all over, everywhere, blowing across the whole landscape. Standing in it would be like riding on the roof of a car going 186 miles per hour down the highway.

With a 400 mile long weather front the size of the storm could cover the entire Midwest of the United States. Driving from the Village of Sherburne to the Village of Greene is a 33 mile trip so a 400 mile storm front would be like driving that distance more than 12 times. Even traveling at a constant speed of 60 mph it would take you six hours and forty minutes to drive the distance.

Australian leaders are telling their population to expect and prepare for the worse storm in several generations. The Australian government is telling residents in the path of Yasi they will be on their own for at least the next 24 hours. The day before the government was telling residents to evacuate the coastal areas immediately, even if it meant leaving without any possessions.

Good luck Australia.