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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.
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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.