UPDATE: VIDEOS AVAILABLE HERE (hat tip to reader Nicola Vaughen): http://cyclone.videohq.tv/
Yasi smashes Innisfail, northern centres
Size compared to Katrina (http://yfrog.com/f/h57bgp/):
Animated color loop: http://www.goes.noaa.gov/sohemi/sohemiloops/shirgmscol.html
Cassowary Coast Mayor Bill Shannon said the category 5 cyclone was hitting the town, which was virtually destroyed by Cyclone Larry in 2006, very hard.
"The cyclone is very much upon us, the wind is getting pretty fast and the rain is getting heavier by the minute," he said.
"It's just a matter of getting through the next few hours to the eye and then another few hours after that."
Cassowary Coast councillor Ross Sorbello said winds were picking up as the eye of the Category Five storm moves towards the coast.