No one who lived through Hurricane Katrina will forget the size of the monstrous storm that hit the Gulf Coast in 2005, and it’s hard to imagine one could be even larger. But half a world away, Cyclone Yasi has eclipsed Katrina for sheer size. The typhoon that hit the northeast coast of Australia early Thursday was three times as big as Katrina with winds that gusted to 186 miles per hour and a powerful surge that flooded coastal areas.
Yasi also caused torrential rainfall in an area that has already experienced Australia’s worst flooding in decades, with 35 deaths since November. read the entire report