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« Reply #80 on: Mar 28, 2017, 03:50PM »

Damage from Cyclone Debbie has cut all roads to the towns of Bowen, Airlie Beach and Proserpine including the main coastal artery, the Bruce Highway, and fears remain for the safety of people caught in the path of the category-four storm overnight. There is still no assessment of the extent of damage because the crews have still not been allowed out. However, we should get more news later this morning. Suffice to say that damage is extensive and has been compared to a war zone. and it will take a long time and be very expensive to clear up.

So far there have been no reports of loss of life, but it is early days with many places out of contact. It does seem that most people were able to make proper safety preparations. The big message from authorities is not to try and cross flooded rivers and do not go anywhere near fallen power lines. These have been the main killers in the past.

Hamilton Island is going to be evacuated because their water supply has failed and they are running out of the bottled water that most people stocked up on. Hamilton Island is a big tourist centre and there is going to be severe loss of income for the entire area of North Queensland.

The good news is that Cyclone Debbie has been downgraded to tropical low. The bad news is that it is now headed towards Brisbane, as Bruce predicted, with heavy rainfall and strong winds, which should hit us sometime on Thursday night before heading back out into the Tasman. However, the heavy rainfall could be a blessing in disguise for the drought-declared areas it will pass over.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-03-29/cyclone-debbie-videos-show-rain-wind-lashing-north-queensland/8395588
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« Reply #81 on: Mar 28, 2017, 04:16PM »

Growing up on the immediate Gulf coast, I've always had a fascination with hurricanes and tropical storms. The sheer power and magnitude is incredible to witness. I've weathered a few 'rough' storms over the years, in the worst case we were without power/water for about a month, but I've always just seen it as the occasional price of the other bounties the coast provides. The worst part was always how much it affected the fishing!
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« Reply #82 on: Mar 28, 2017, 07:36PM »

Being from Florida, hurricanes are old hat. But, I experienced my first earthquake a couple of days ago here in Bali. We only had about a 1 minute tremor here in Ubud, but it was a 5.4 in Denpasar. Not a major quake by any means, and fortunately little damage and no injuries, but,.....DAMN, that was disconcerting.
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« Reply #83 on: Mar 29, 2017, 03:23PM »

The devastation in North Queensland is going to take a long time to clean up. Right now there are still rescue operations going on as people emerge from their places of safety. Water and Power are in short supply and flash flooding is occurring all over.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-03-29/cyclone-debbie-aftermath-gallery/8395494

Debbie has also got an unexpected sting in its tail. We have heard in the last half hour that all schools in Queensland have been closed. They are worried about flash flooding and heavy winds this afternoon when kids would normally be leaving school. They want to keep as many people, especially kids, off the roads. The problem is that the call was so late, many kids had already been dropped off at school. However, there will be minders at the schools to look after kids who can't get home straight away. The Police Commissioner has also requested that all businesses close at midday. This is totally unprecedented and smacks a little of panic by the Government and authorities. Mind you, I have got to tell you that it is already raining cats and dogs with a very heavy wind and they are expecting up to 400mm rain, similar to what happened up in Mackay.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-03-30/ex-cyclone-debbie-south-east-queensland-rain/8398980
 
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« Reply #84 on: Mar 30, 2017, 07:44AM »

Keeping all you Aussies in my prayers, Grah!
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« Reply #85 on: Mar 30, 2017, 04:52PM »

Thanks Billy, Fortunately there is still no loss of life but thousand of people have been evacuated and it ain't over yet due to the effects of up to 800mm rainfall over 48 hours. We had a very windy and wet night here and there is extensive flooding right across South East Queensland, and now down into New South Wales. In the Brisbane area, since last night there have been over 100 swift-water rescues resulting from people's stupidity and putting an unnecessary load on the emergency rescue people.

Now we have major flood warnings for many of the local rivers including the Logan River. Logan is the next suburb to ours and there are mass evacuation orders in place. The peak will occur about lunch time today.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-03-31/cyclone-debbie-bom-warnings-logan-jambin-evacuation/8403360

The Brisbane River is okay so far, which is good because it has been the major cause of flooding in the past.

The North of Queensland, where Debbie crossed the coast, is absolute devastation, with estimated damage costs running over a billion dollars.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-03-31/cyclone-debbie-airlie-beach-proserpine-locals-pull-together/8403684

 
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« Reply #86 on: Mar 31, 2017, 12:39AM »

The scale of this unexpected disaster is absolutely huge. I did not expect we would be greatly affected here in South East Queensland, let alone the devastation that has now occurred down into New South Wales, particularly in places like Lismore.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-03-31/cyclone-debbie-northern-nsw-braces-for-major-flooding/8402830

Thankfully it is really calm here in the Redlands area now, especially where we are which is quite high. The winds have gone and the rain has stopped. I don't know how much fell locally because our rain gauge overflowed.

The scale of flooding and damage is unprecedented and much worse that 2011, which was the last cyclone that affected South East Queensland. Hardly anybody saw this sting in the tail would come from ex-cyclone Debbie. We are so lucky the Brisbane river is behaving itself this time.
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« Reply #87 on: Mar 31, 2017, 02:04AM »

So glad the casualty count is so low, and that you have good fast water rescue teams. You can fix and replace things, but losing people can't be undone. Keep your head down. Or, up, or ....well, just be safe.
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« Reply #88 on: Mar 31, 2017, 03:17PM »

It is very calm in the Bay area of Brisbane and ex cyclone Debbie has now moved back out to sea. However, it is still affecting New South Wales, even down to the Central Coast, due to the very bad flooding. Unfortunately there are two deaths reported from NSW, one due to people driving across flooded causeways. The NSW State Emergency Service (SES) has now issued evacuation orders in Billinudgel, Ocean Shores and New Brighton. Lismore is an absolute mess due to the whole town being flooded.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-04-01/nsw-braces-for-another-day-of-devastating-floods/8406232


 
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« Reply #89 on: Apr 01, 2017, 03:35PM »

The flooding caused by ex cyclone Debbie's rainfall turns out to be the worst of the story, right the way down into NSW where 30,000 people are still under evacuation orders:

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-04-01/gallery-debbie-devastation-flooding-continues-nsw-qld/8406830
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« Reply #90 on: Apr 06, 2017, 12:54AM »

Ex Cyclone Debbie has not finished with its destruction even now. It travelled down the Australian east coast and is now having a go at New Zealand. Thousands of people at the top of New Zealand's North Island have been told to evacuate as the tail end continues to batter the country, bringing heavy rainfall and major flooding.

The effects of Debbie are still being felt in Australia on Thursday, more than a week after it made landfall in Queensland. The storm system killed six people in Australia, smashing tourist resorts, bringing down power lines, and shutting down coal mines.

In Rockhampton, Australia they were expecting very heavy flooding today as the river reached its peak. Fortunately, it was not quite as high as expected and the town itself has been spared. Out of town there are many flooded houses and agricultural properties, with the various authorities still trying to help out and restore power to the region.
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« Reply #91 on: Apr 06, 2017, 02:46PM »

Do cyclones usually last this long?  I don't remember a single hurricane that lasted as a storm for more than 3 days after it made landfall.
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« Reply #92 on: Apr 06, 2017, 04:44PM »

The cyclones that make landfall on the East coast of Australia tend to do the same thing. After impacting, usually in North Queensland, they go inland for a bit and then turn South towards S. E. Queensland. Then they often go back out to sea and travel South regathering strength until they hit New Zealand. Debbie was a pretty big cyclone with the winds and rainfall covering a large part of Queensland. It was so big it could be seen from the space station.

http://edition.cnn.com/2017/03/27/asia/australia-cyclone-debbie/

The other track that cyclones often take is West across the top of Australia and then down the West coast of Australia, often making landfall and causing the same kind of damage as Debbie in Western Australia. As a matter of fact there is a new one called Ernie going down the West coast right now but they do not expect it to make landfall.

http://www.bom.gov.au/cyclone/
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« Reply #93 on: Apr 12, 2017, 10:19PM »

Well, this cyclone season is definitely one of the worst. Now New Zealand is bracing for one that missed us but may be the worst storm since 1968 for the Kiwis. Emergency services are moving to evacuate seaside towns and close schools, while warning residents to reconsider their Easter holiday plans. Landslides, flooding and wind damage from 150kph gusts are expected. Airlines warn of "significant disruptions" with flight delays and cancellations.

This is all be caused by the tail wind of Cyclone Cook, which had killed one person this week in New Caledonia, and is expected to make landfall in New Zealand's North Island tonight.

So, wishing for the Kiwis that it will not be as bad as predicted and their Easter will not be ruined.

Meanwhile Australia is still cleaning up from cyclone Debbie, from which the flooding in Queensland seemed to go on forever.
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« Reply #94 on: Apr 12, 2017, 10:32PM »

Wow.  And the New Zealand Brass Band Nationals are supposed to go on this weekend in Wellington.

Good luck to all our Kiwi friends.
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« Reply #95 on: Apr 14, 2017, 09:45AM »

Prayers going out to all who are/will be affected by this cyclone.
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« Reply #96 on: Apr 28, 2017, 05:13PM »

Another long weekend here in Queensland for Labour Day, which is on Monday. Good! Not that public holidays make much difference for me these days, being mostly retired. Just the odd consultancy request.

On the tropical cyclone front, we have just been buzzed across the Top End by Cyclone Frances. Supposedly it is now headed away from Australia in a Westerly direction.

http://www.ntnews.com.au/lifestyle/cyclone-frances-packs-little-punch-for-darwin/news-story/9047785f3e251d0ab647c0173a52b4fa
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« Reply #97 on: Apr 30, 2017, 07:03PM »

I hope everyone is okay after the recent Tornadoes that have ripped through the US state of Texas, killing at least four people and injuring dozens of others.

Billie, I know it's a big state but did they come anywhere near you?

I also read there are severe storms in neighbouring states which left five people dead, including three people killed by flooding and winds in Arkansas, rushing water sweeping away a car and drowning a woman in Missouri, and another death in Mississippi.

Our thoughts are with everyone affected.
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« Reply #98 on: Apr 30, 2017, 07:05PM »

No, Grah, they missed me.  They passed 50 miles north.  We had heavy winds that broke large limbs off several trees across the street from my house, though.
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« Reply #99 on: Apr 30, 2017, 07:12PM »

Glad you're safe. Your Tornadoes seem a lot fiercer than most of our Cyclones. Ours are a lot bigger in terms of area affected but they move slower which gives people time to prepare for the onslaught. Also our weather tracking people are very good at predicting where they will cross the coast. 
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