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19 February 2015 @ 10:07 pm
The hatches, they be battened down.  
Cyclone Marcia is due to cross the Qld coast around Bundaberg at about 3am tomorrow, before turning southwards towards Brisbane. At present it's a Cat-3 storm but warnings are out saying that it could intensify. Oh joy. It's expected to dump around 300mm of rain on the city tomorrow, bringing strong winds along with it. I've brought inside anything that could become a weapon in strong wind, only leaving out my big heavy garden furniture that I can barely drag.

And that's the extent of my preparations. There are reports of people panic-buying in the supermarkets today, but that just seems a little bit over the top. My biggest concern is whether I'll still be able to walk to the bus tomorrow, or be forced to take the car - I love my morning walk and will miss it, if it's pouring with rain.

Spare a thought for my brother in law, on a ship heading back from Papua New Guinea and traversing the storm area at present. He can't be enjoying his trip. Also my friends who headed up to Bundaberg a week ago for a camping trip - first they had monsoonal rains last weekend, then an earthquake at the beginning of this week, and now the cyclone! I don't think they're meant to leave home.
Current Mood: nervousnervous
Lil Miss Morgan Dork: MKAbadfalcon on February 19th, 2015 01:04 pm (UTC)
Eeep, all the best!
miwahni: Random Rainbow Earthmiwahni on February 20th, 2015 03:34 pm (UTC)
Thank you! So far, so good.
Strike while the irony is hot: [EMATE] HUGS C'MEREdraycevixen on February 19th, 2015 01:10 pm (UTC)

Sorry to hear about the cyclone.

Stay safe and dry. ♥
miwahni: Random Rainbow Earthmiwahni on February 20th, 2015 03:35 pm (UTC)
So far so good - it keeps getting downgraded, now at Cat-2 and yet to venture down this far.
Merlin Pendragon: Avatar hivernalmrlnpndrgn on February 19th, 2015 01:26 pm (UTC)
Hope you keep safe (and your bil too!)

But you know, I think I prefer snowstorm and cold over cyclone and earthquake :-/
Though we had some earthquakes in the past...
miwahni: Random Rainbow Earthmiwahni on February 20th, 2015 03:37 pm (UTC)
BIL has reported that there are very few people about on the ship, with most locked in their cabins due to seasickness. All entertainment has been cancelled and the outdoor deck is closed off. His comment? "It's a bit choppy." Understatement of the year.
mrua7mrua7 on February 19th, 2015 01:50 pm (UTC)
This article was on my Google news. The photos reminded me of when we were hit by Hurricane Sandy. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2959529/Start-getting-ready-Residents-warned-prepare-worst-hundreds-people-evacuated-Australia-s-end-braces-DOUBLE-cyclone-hit.html

No panic buying, but make sure your have some bottled water on hand, non- perishables to eat and torches in case the power goes out. Not that there's a water shortage but storms can contaminate the drinking water supplies. Make sure the car has a full tank of petrol. Charge up your cell phone too.

We couldn't get gasoline here when Sandy hit, as all the power lines were downed and the pumps at the station run by electricity, plus fuel trucks couldn't deliver because of flooding. Big mess.

You brought your outdoor things in, but did you tape your windows? Heaven forbid anything from a neighbor, or a street sign goes flying against the glass with any high winds. Anything not tied down is a potential projectile.

I'm used to big storms here...as you can tell. I've learned to prepare when mother nature is on the warpath.

Prayers going out to those in ground zero, and for your brother-in-law as well.

Stay safe!

Edited at 2015-02-19 01:59 pm (UTC)
miwahni: Random Rainbow Earthmiwahni on February 20th, 2015 03:40 pm (UTC)
I've heard reports that a lot of people are panic buying, which amazes me, as I could live out of my cupboard for at least a fortnight, maybe more.

Petrol tank is pretty full - I go through a tank every 2 months so it's enough to keep me going. Bottled water stored and phone is on charger just to make sure.

I didn't think of taping the windows, though - that might be a job for the morning.

See above for BIL comments, he's the master of understatement.
mrua7mrua7 on February 20th, 2015 03:48 pm (UTC)
Never hurts to be prepared, glad your okay. I found it interesting that I could watch live and good news coverage online from Australia but can't do the same for our news here. Everything is video, no live coverage. Can get FOX news but it's so sporadic that it just becomes frustrating.

Stay safe. Hugs!
miwahni: Random Rainbow Earthmiwahni on February 20th, 2015 03:55 pm (UTC)
That's weird. The ABC has stations all over the country so they're usually on top of anything that's happening.

Strange that you could get better coverage of an Australian event than you could of stuff in your own back yard, though.
ali15sonali15son on February 19th, 2015 02:15 pm (UTC)
hey you keep safe ... we want you back here in one piece x
miwahni: Random Rainbow Earthmiwahni on February 20th, 2015 03:41 pm (UTC)
I shall endeavour to do just that! I like keeping all my body parts attached.. *g*
byslantedlight: DW Tardislightning (latenightbloom)byslantedlight on February 19th, 2015 03:33 pm (UTC)
Hold tight!
miwahni: Random Rainbow Earthmiwahni on February 20th, 2015 03:41 pm (UTC)
Holding on so tightly I think my knuckles are frozen into position. *g*
dolly_daydreamdollidaydream on February 19th, 2015 06:34 pm (UTC)
I hope you and all yours will come through safe and sound. Thinking of you. :)
miwahni: Random Rainbow Earthmiwahni on February 20th, 2015 03:43 pm (UTC)
Thank you, I hope so too! So far so good; it's getting weaker and slower as it heads south. With any luck we'll just have a bit of rain to deal with.
Unlike those in Rockhampton and Yeppoon, who were absolutely smashed today.
sunray45: Sunflowersunray45 on February 20th, 2015 07:59 am (UTC)
Plenty of rain, so you must have had to drive this morning. No wind here at the moment, but then it is supposed to hit us more tomorrow.

What's annoying me is radio and TV reporters are pronouncing it as TC MARSHA, when it is MARCIA, which sounds different altogether.

Your poor B.i.L, hope he isn't prone to seasickness.

Keep dry.
miwahni: Random Rainbow Earthmiwahni on February 20th, 2015 03:46 pm (UTC)
It was bucketing down when I was due to leave for work so I weakened and took the car, and have felt sluggish all day.
Yep, it seems to have petered out as it heads further south. We will still get the wind and rain tomorrow but nowhere near as badly as Yeppoon and Rockhampton had it today.
Luckily BIL is not prone to seasickness and he's enjoying the rough ride, just not happy that all the entertainment has been cancelled and the outdoor areas closed. He should be docking tomorrow though so I'm sure he'll survive the experience.
kiwisuekiwisue on February 20th, 2015 10:04 am (UTC)
Hope your hatches are battened - looks better for Brisbane-ites than it did, but...
miwahni: Random Rainbow Earthmiwahni on February 20th, 2015 03:50 pm (UTC)
Yes, it's weakened as it heads further south. To quote the latest BoM update - "TC Marcia is rapidly degrading as it moves over land, however is still causing heavy rain, gales and dangerous surf over QLD and NSW." . Nice to see that the amount of rainfall for the next 24 hours has been downgraded from 300mm to 40 - 80mn which is a lot more manageable.