Queensland was hit last night by a massive cyclone which had a 700km coastal front and a 35km diameter across the eye. North and Far North Queensland were put on alert for a monster cyclone. It has caused major devastation to the areas that copped the brunt of the 300km an hour winds. Tully, Mission Beach, Innisfail and Ingham have suffered major damage with crops such as banana and sugar cane plantations being completely wiped out and homes being flattened. Townsville and Cairns were also severely affected. We still don't know all details as the SES (State Emergency Services) are just beginning to go back into the areas of devastation. My thoughts and prayers are with those families who have been through such a traumatic event especially those who had to leave their homes and stay in evacuation centres. Queensland has had an absolutely devastating last couple of months with the monsoonal/torrential rain and wind followed by the flooding in my town Rockhampton in Central Queensland. Then south east Queensland was engulfed by terrible weather and flash flooding causing horrific damage and loss of life in Toowoomba and Grantham. Brisbane was inundated with terrible flooding causing heartache and despair to so many people. Now we look to the north in hopes that they too can rebuild their lives following Cyclone Yasi's fury. We are with you North Queensland ... our beautiful tropical paradise!