A ROCKHAMPTON teacher will brief the government after using Facebook to provide life-saving advice to millions of people during the Qld floods and Cyclone Yasi.
6.50pm: THE potential for the development of a significant tropical cyclone near Fiji in the next 24 hours has been upgraded from fair to good.
11am: Townsville residents have woken to a sea of destruction this morning after Cyclone Yasi hit late last night.
THE effects of Yasi look set to be felt as far west as Esperance and as far south as Melbourne - and even Alice Springs could receive 100mm of rain this week.
AN empty marina, cyclone parties, and shopping aisles devoid of batteries help paint the picture of the tense wait for residents of Cairns as Yasi approaches.