Storm Watch

Australians Flee 'Catastrophic' Cyclone

The Midwest isn’t the only part of the world getting some extreme weather: On Tuesday, Australians began preparing for a storm of “catastrophic proportions.” Cyclone Yasi, a Category 5 storm, is forecast to hit Queensland late Wednesday, and tens of thousands of people evacuated the area. The monster storm is expected to hit the northeast coast with winds up to 175 miles per hour, one of the largest storms to ever hit the region. Queensland Premier Anna Bligh called the storm the “most severe, most catastrophic storm that has ever hit our coast.” Many parts of Queensland were already battered by massive flooding last month.