02 Feb '11, 12am

Australia cyclone upgraded to top threat level

Australia cyclone upgraded to top threat level

CAIRNS, Australia: A terrifying cyclone roaring towards Australia strengthened on Wednesday to the most dangerous threat level, as forecasters warned it could be the most life-threatening storm in generations. Severe Tropical Cyclone Yasi was upgraded to a category five storm from category four as it menaced the country's populous east coast, where it was expected to hit around 10:00 pm (1200 GMT) on Wednesday, the Bureau of Meteorology said. "Severe Tropical Cyclone Yasi is a large and very powerful tropical cyclone and poses an extremely serious threat to life and property within the warning area, especially between Port Douglas and Townsville," the bureau said. "This impact is likely to be more life-threatening than any experienced during recent generations," it said in a particularly ominous warning that raised the expected strength of the looming storm. The monster cy...

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