Are we all holding our breath? The shocking wind won't be fixed by Dewitts Powder. Those to our far north are as prepared as they can be thanks to up to the date technology and forecasts by our weather bureau.
Our ABC is the nation's emergency broadcaster. I don't know what sort of hole in their budgets these tasks cause the ABC, but what a sterling job they have done through the Queensland and Victorian floods and now with the approaching Cyclone Yasi.
Across Queensland eleven local radio stations are broadcasting cyclone information via both AM and FM frequencies. Radio National is also broadcasting cyclone news as is News Radio, ABC Classic, and Radio Australia via shortwave. As was for the Qld floods, a special digital radio service has been set up to broadcast ABC Queensland across the nation, keeping all of us updated. ABC TV News 24 is playing its part too.
When the government next allocates money to our ABC, I hope they remember these times.
Later edit: BBC Asia Pacific is also giving the cyclone extensive coverage.