Palm Island residents are fearing for the worst as they brace for Cyclone Yasi to hit at approximately 10pm tonight. Crikey spoke to former Palm Island mayor Robert Blackley moments ago.

"People are woefully unprepared. The state of Queensland has abandoned us," said Blackley, who is currently holed up in his home on the island (approximately 3.5 metres above sea level.)

"Officially there are four evacuation centres but only one is above the storm surge level, the other three are within three metres of sea level," said Blackley. The water is expected to surge six metres.