Fans Okay After Yasi

Jean Weber and Eric Lindsay and their home near Townsville, Queensland on the northeast coast of Australia came through Tropical Cyclone Yasi unscathed reports Robin Johnson who spoke with them by phone.

The storm has left a trail of devastation and damage elsewhere after striking the coast on February 2 (U.S. date) with winds stronger than Hurricane Katrina unleashed on New Orleans. Authorities say the force of the storm is the largest in Australia’s history.

Australia’s ABC News adds that the cyclone, now headed inland, has been downgraded to a category two storm, but many residents remain trapped in their homes as the storm continues on a path of destruction.

Johnson wrote that potential communication problems might make it hard for Jean and Eric to contact people for the next few days.