Batten Down Your Hatches Nth Queensland

02 Feb

First we had the floods with 75% of the state affected by nightmarish floods, and now the north of the state is about to be hit by a category 5 cyclone.

To put this is perspective Cyclone Tracy, that hit Darwin in 1974, wiping out 95% of the city, was a category 4 (a category 3 in the SSH scale that’s used in the US)).  Hurricane Katrina which was one of the most destructive hurricanes in US history was a high category 3 (in the SSH scale so that’s a 4 in Australian scales) when it made landfall.  Cyclone Yasi which is expected to hit in the next few hours is a category 5 (Australian scale) and absolutely massive.

australia satellite

The mind boggles as to what will happen tonight or perhaps the mind just can’t cope with the reality.  All of my extended family live from Innisfail to Bowen so I’ve been glued to the weather bureau sites and the tv reports.

after 6pm

This things is a real monster so North Queensland will be coveting all of all our prayers tonight and in the coming days.


Posted by on February 2, 2011 in Bits and Pieces


6 responses to “Batten Down Your Hatches Nth Queensland

  1. Bernadette

    February 2, 2011 at 10:32 pm

    Hi tracey,

    unhappy to share this boat with you 😦

    All mine in Cairns, so the pressure has eased ever so slightly on us, but my stomach turns and flips everytime i think of it all, i been on the verge of tears most of the time. It so hard being so far away, and not being able to do anything, if we had been there still, a lot of our family could have stayed with us as it is on high ground and virtually an aboveground bunker.

    Thoughts are with yours and mine, and the rest 😦

    Bernadette 😦

    • Tracey

      February 2, 2011 at 10:42 pm

      It’s going to be a long night….week….month….year for them but thankfully Nth Queenslanders are a hardy bunch.

  2. Bernadette

    February 3, 2011 at 10:30 pm

    Hi Tracey, just saying hello, and hoping your family remained largely unscathed, were there many in the direct path, in Tully, Cardwell or Mission Beach? i fear for the tiny little outcrops of communities in between them all too. 😦

    Thoughts are with you and everyone, as i am thankful all mine are safe and accounted for.


  3. Tracey

    February 3, 2011 at 10:37 pm

    PHew. No we’re all good. Most of ours are in Innisfail, Townsville and Bowen. I haven’t heard from the Innisfail crew yet but no news is good news right.

    What about your family and your house?

  4. Jen in NSW

    February 3, 2011 at 11:05 pm

    I have extended family in Ingham, Townsville and Cairns, some in Proserpine too. It has been very hard listening to all the reports. I just try to remember that these families are long time Qlders and this is not anything different than they have already seen before, just a bit bigger. They have survived before and I am sure they will survive this too.

    I hate not hearing from them though and I will be glad when phone and power are restored.

    So sad to not be closer to my Qld family to be able to help.

    Best wishes
    Jen in NSW

  5. Elsa

    February 4, 2011 at 10:08 am

    Can not believe how “relatively” unscathed the area was. It definitely could have a lot worse. Phew is right! I feel for all those families that have been affected, and for the upcoming months of building their lives again…not to mention the nightmares that I expect a number of N. Qlders will have. Best wishes to all!


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