South African tells of cyclone terror

2011-02-02 15:54
Cape Town - A South African woman in Cairns has described feelings of terror after a category-5 cyclone bore down on the Australian city on Wednesday.

“I am freakin out major as winds are really picking up and eye of storm is very close now (sic),” Brummer told News24 via Facebook.

It is terrifying to say the least,” Dedrei Brummer, who has been living in Australia for 5 years, said.

Brummer said that she and her family had decided to bunker down in their house.

At the time of contact, Brummer said that the power had not gone down and cellphones and phone lines could still work but that with the eye of the storm still coming, “this wasn’t expected to last”.

Cyclone Yasi is expected to bring winds of up to 300km/h.

Brummer lives in Cairns with her husband and 2-year-old daughter. She is part of a Facebook group called South Africans in Cairns which has 73 members.

More than 400 000 people live in the cyclone's path, including the cities of Cairns, Townsville and Mackay. The entire stretch is popular with tourists, includes the Great Barrier Reef, and is home to major coal and sugar ports.

Satellite images showed Yasi as a massive storm system covering an area bigger than Italy, with the cyclone predicted to be the strongest ever to hit Australia.


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