The BOM 3pm forecast has Strong Gale Force winds arriving here in about an hour9:00pm Tues 01/02 This was taken at 7:30 tonight - Big bugger hey
6:47pm Tues 01/02 Just went out to feed Wally (the Wallaby - of course) and have a pat. Heard the last ferry going - we're isolated now until Friday I suspect.
Wally doesn't seem to worried about anything!
6:13pm Tues 01/02 Back from a walk on the beach. It's surprisingly quiet with fresh sea plants that have been ripped up out to sea the only real sign that anything might be up.
I took the opportunity to take this pic of part the sea frontage at X Base at the western end of Nelly Bay. I've posted before about this mob's attitude to their location and will be interested to take a pic from the same spot after tomorrow night's storm surge.
The rubble you can see was never cleaned up since the last cyclone and my bet is that, come Thursday morning, it will either be gone or joined by a whole heap of other rubble from their site. Either way, it will be off to the EPA!
3:57pm Tues 01/02 Word has it that Sunferries are taking the ferries to the Hinchinbrook channel to ride out the storm. How bright is that - Hinchinbrook is to the north, between us and Yasi's forecast track. Doh!
On the other hand, Fantasea are sending their barges south to the Whitsundays. But then, they were always the brighter of the two companies.
3:23pm Tues 01/02 Just received an email from the Dept. of Employment, Economic Development and Innovation with a "Cyclones and storm surge checklist" for local businesses. A bit late but I'm sure they feel better!
2:37pm Tues 01/02 She might be scary but goddamn she's beautiful
|From the Joint Typhoon Warning Center|
2:31pm Tues 01/02 The Arcadia Pub is OUT OF BEER !!!!!!
The good news is that Tommy is bring 5 pallets back on the next barge. I better make sure I get there soon after!!
2:00pm Tues 01/02 Things are relatively quiet on the island. The ferries will stop at about 6:00 pm tonight and while there is a steady stream of cars leaving by barge there weren't many waiting to go on the last ferry - a few tourists and individual old-timers
The most recent BOM update confirms that (at present) Yasi is tracking towards Cairns.
Jeeze, I'm glad I'm not there (or worse, in Yarrabah). I was once told by a senior copper who had just returned from a disaster planning meeting in the city that the Emergency Management Plan should Cairns be hit head-on by a Cat 4 or 5 Cyclone was bodybags!
As it is, it looks as if the Island and Townsville will cop Cat 1 or maybe 2 winds, but let's wait and see. The real concerns locally now are the expected storm surge and then possible 3 or 4 days without power and water.
Both kids are now home from school (and a lot less nervous as a result). It will be interesting to see if they get back to the grindstone before the end of the week.
For now, it's off to get beer supplies for the next four days or so and then to cleanup the esky