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Fires down south, Floods to the north and now Tropical Cyclone Hamish

By Jacky Howe ·
Australians on the east coast are taking a battering this year.
http://www.bom.gov.au/products/IDQ65002.shtml

http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=37333

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yeesh

by seanferd In reply to Fires down south, Floods ...

Looking pretty rough, that.

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At the moment

by Jacky Howe In reply to yeesh

it is 350K to the north east and heading south east. Wind gusts up to 240Kph. I don't mind it heading southeast at all.

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Do please

by boxfiddler Moderator In reply to Fires down south, Floods ...

batten down the hatches.

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The hatches are battend down

by Jacky Howe In reply to Do please

and any missiles have been secured.

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It is nice and sunny here

by w2ktechman In reply to Fires down south, Floods ...

sucks to be there :0

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Overcast and light drizzle here

by Jacky Howe In reply to It is nice and sunny here ...

it's still warm though 23C. The damn thing has slown down to 7Kph but still heading east.

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Tie yourself (and yours) down

by NickNielsen Moderator In reply to Fires down south, Floods ...

May the storm continue southeast and bear eastward from there...

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All tied down

by Jacky Howe In reply to Tie yourself (and yours) ...

and we will be OK so long as it keeps heading east.

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Update

by Jacky Howe In reply to Fires down south, Floods ...

at the moment the Cylone is not expected to make landfall. That is good news but the coastline will still take a battering with strong winds and heavy seas.

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Wimp you don't know how good things are

by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to Update

For instance the Surfing Competition on the Gold Coast has got a major kick along they now have some surf to play with. The Location had to be moved because there was no surf now that are back at the Home Beach and having fun in some decent sized waves.

As for the Cyclone not making Landfall it's way too early to begin guessing and if the Weather For casters says one thing I expect the opposite to happen they have a history of being unreliable in these things and Hamish is anything but a Normal Cyclone.

In 1974 we had a similar Cyclone to Hamish and it left Brisbane underwater by a large amount. Places that where normally High & Dry where under 30 feet of water and those areas close to the River where invisible with lots of White Water.

Personally I don't care to have that repeated it wasn't much fun at all and AU Day was defiantly the Pits with the Flood peaking on that day. Only good point though is that I'm no longer in the SES so if things get really bad I will not be slaving my guts out this time. I can just crawl into my bed and not come out for the duration. :)

However I do like the way that the media is covering the fires in Victoria after that bad Saturday they where making out that the danger had now passed when if anything it was just as dangerous and as people where now used to having the fires close they where getting apathetic so the possibility of considerably more deaths was actually greater than what had happened previously. There will be a major Fire Danger in Victoria till they get a lot of rain so perhaps we should have a word to the guy upstairs and get Hamish sent down to Victoria where what it's caring is really needed.

Last time I went to Mackay I was stuck there for 3 weeks as the roads where underwater and closed. As I went through Prosperine I got concerned as the water was close to the road and when it's 2.00 AM and you see that you just know that you have a problem. As I was by then so close to Mackay I just pressed on as if I had of tried getting home I most likely would have been stuck on the side of the road some where unable to move.

That wasn't much fun at all as I destroyed 3 new tires on the way back home and blew a AC Line so I was sitting stuck on the side of the road waiting for the Police to wave that side through the water with several clapped out new Tires which had burst the Side walls from all the broken up roads and No AC in 35 Degree Heat with 100% Humidity where we had to stop.

You just knew that things had been very wet when you saw Flowering Water Lilly's growing on the side of the road in areas that where normally Dry and Brown from a lack of rain. :^0

Col

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