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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
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.