DATELINE: Innisfail, Queensland 7:47 AM
From the Bureau of Meteorology site:
“THIS IMPACT IS LIKELY TO BE MORE LIFE THREATENING THAN ANY EXPERIENCED DURING
The Cyclone has now reached CATEGORY 5 and will continue to move in a
west-southwesterly direction during today.”
(aka “be very afraid”.)
Mt. Stuart radar, Topwnsville
Cyclone Yasi track map:
Don’t ya just love extreme weather porn?
Here’s the thing: I’d been here in Qld. just over two years when Cyclone Larry hit in 2006. Ground zero, Innisfail. There’s still evidence of that one.
According to the BoM then, it was upgraded to Category 5 several hours before it hit. Now, the talking heads are claiming Larry was only a low four.
Our village is across from Palm Island (famous as the place where an Aboriginal in custody can fall up the stairs several times and kill himself.) We were in the second zone of heavy wind, and one gust of 150 k,. recorded right here.
My phone rang shortly after midnight, with a different ring tone. Alert! Evacuate.
Yes, well, with a Cat 5 pushing a high tidal surge, go where? Last time people were evacuated to the Showgrounds in Ingham, it ended up a foot under water. I haven’t had the TV on yet, so have been spared the wisdom of Premier Anna BlighT.
Funny thing about the satellite TV weather channel back in 2006. The evening before, “stay tuned throughout the night for live coverage.” By 4 am, the tape replay was still on Cat 4 and the official call had already been upgraded. Why lie when you get caught out so easily?!
Given past history, I would not be surprised to lose power before the day is over. Updates contingent on that.