Sunday, 26 March 2017

Here Comes Debbie!

"Preparedness is the only way we can combat a natural disaster"
~ John Quinlan


Keeping a well stocked pantry is an important
part of being prepared.


Queensland (the state in which I live) is about to start feeling the effects of the first cyclone crossing of the season. This cyclone is coming late in the season and I had begun to think we might have managed to finish the season without any cyclones crossing our coast. The last tropical cyclone to cross our coast was Cyclone Nathan back in 2015. 


A wind up radio come torch come phone charger can come in handy when
the power is out.

Many people in the cyclone's path are being told to evacuate their homes. Grocery stores have run out of some items. Residents are being told they may need to cope with several days without electricity. 

I hope everyone in the affected areas remains safe and well. 


12 comments:

  1. Being prepared is the key I think, Sherri. I grew up in the Far North and remember the lashing winds, torrential rain, electricity out and phone lines down that impacted the Tablelands whenever a cyclone crossed the coast near Cairns or Innisfail. My Mum and her partner still live "up home" and have been preparing over the last two days and are ready. How much they'll be impacted depends on where Debbie crosses the coast and how big and powerful she is when she does as to how widespread those impacts will be. Always better to be safe than sorry though! Meg

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    1. At the moment the cyclone appears to be heading for a crossing at Bowen. I was talking to some one at work this morning who was today organising supplies (generator fuel etc.) in case our area is affected by flooding from the cyclone.

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  2. It looks like a huge cyclone, Sherri. I guess you will feel the effects of it being closer to the coast and more north than we are. I do hope it crosses the coast in a non populated area if there are any such areas on the coast these days.

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    1. It does look to be huge Chel. The number of people being evacuated is also very large.

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  3. Take care now. Let us know you're alright too. Worried.

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    1. Thanks Mr HM. The cyclone is well north of us. We will be affected by the rains that are on the edge of the cyclone, and there may be some local flooding.

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  4. My thoughts and prayers, are with the residents of those areas too. :)

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    1. Like many I have been watching the t.v. coverage and this afternoon vision of the damage is starting to come in. Hard times for many.

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  5. Batten down the hatches and stay safe.

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    1. You too Jane. It looks like we will be getting a lot of rain over the next few days. No doubt there will be roads cut off by flooding. At work today we were saying that out of nine staff we could well have up to seven people who will not be able to get to work because of flooded roads.

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  6. I am waiting for the rain to arrive, sure is humid now.

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    1. Well the rain has arrived Deb. It was quite heavy in town for awhile and I think it is supposed to get heavier as the week wears on. Some flooding is likely, though it is not expected to be as bad as 2013. Though it is quite possible that some of the streets in town (such as near the skate bowl) will be flooded. Some people I have been speaking to have started buying fuel for generators and other supplies in case of electricity black outs and inability to get to the shops.

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