South-East Queensland to face massive Cyclone

 
  lsrailfan Chief Commissioner

Location: Somewhere you're not
Tropical Cyclone Marcia is bearing down on the coast of Queensland tonight, this is a very big one, the latest forecast from the BOM (Bureau of Meteorology) has it hitting Landfall in the morning at around 7:00am near St Lawrence, by then it is expected to be a Category 5 System (the most Dangerous) this link shows It's intended path http://www.bom.gov.au/products/IDQ65002.shtml, although things can change a lot, and do with these, it will be one to look out for

Kind Regards

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  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Looks ominous.  Has been upgraded to a category 4 and is expected to make land in the morning.
  freightgate Minister for Railways

Location: Albury, New South Wales
According to abc radio the cyclone will be a category 5 when it hits the coast just south of McKay.

What coal loading assets are in the area ?
  Big J Assistant Commissioner

Location: In Paradise
According to abc radio the cyclone will be a category 5 when it hits the coast just south of McKay.

What coal loading assets are in the area ?
freightgate
Hay Point and Dalyrmple Bay unloaders south of Mackay. They should be ok as the cyclone is tracking south. Gladstone much further south on the other hand may cop some interesting weather during Friday morning. Fingers crossed for everyone. This bugger snuck up in intensity and caught out a lot of people thinking it was cat 2 the max.

I live in Mackay and the wind ATM is not much to speak of. Listening to the radio Yeppoon is starting to feel it. People in St Lawrence, Clairview and other small localities (on the coast between Mackay and Rocky) have been evacuated. Some to Sarina.

A Cat 5 is scary, I have been through some Cat 3 and 4 and they were bad enough. I wish the best to everyone and stay safe.
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Live camera image from Rockhampton.  Looks wet.

  bingley hall Minister for Railways

Location: Last train to Skaville
The only story in town today.

Whodathunk they had cyclones in Queensland?
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
  YM-Mundrabilla Minister for Railways

Location: Mundrabilla but I'd rather be in Narvik
Not really South East Queensland ?
  lsrailfan Chief Commissioner

Location: Somewhere you're not
Cyclone Marcia has just been downgraded to a Cat 4 System, still a quite dangerous System

Kind Regards
  Johnmc Moderator

Location: Cloncurry, Queensland
Not really South East Queensland ?
YM-Mundrabilla
^^^^ This.  I'm sure Rockhampton would be delighted to know that it's now next to Brisbane.  It might mean better services...

If you want to hear on-the-ground coverage of what's going on, turn off the TV, and listen to the ABC emergency stream.

http://www.abc.net.au/radio/player/?station=itinerant_one&src=internetradio
  raymond Deputy Commissioner

Location: Gladstone, Queensland
Still here in Gladstone ,a  bit wet and wind blown and the eye is not here yet.




RAYMOND
  JoppaJunction Chief Train Controller

Location: Banned
Still here in Gladstone ,a  bit wet and wind blown and the eye is not here yet.




RAYMOND
raymond

When is the cyclone scheduled to pass over the coast in its entirety?
  Johnmc Moderator

Location: Cloncurry, Queensland
When is the cyclone scheduled to pass over the coast in its entirety?
JoppaJunction
Not quite sure what you mean...

The cyclone crossed the coastline north of Rockhampton at about 9am this morning (Friday), and is currently located between Gladstone & Biloela.  It'll continue to weaken - cat 5 when it crossed, cat 2 now - and by the time it leaves the coast, it'll be a low pressure system.

http://www.bom.gov.au/products/IDQ65002.shtml
  Big J Assistant Commissioner

Location: In Paradise
The only story in town today.

Whodathunk they had cyclones in Queensland?
bingley hall
Is it spoken by a man who hasn't been through one?

So northern Australians should say when there is a bushfires, droughts, earthquakes, hails storm, 10mm of rain that cause massive floods in southern australia, that they are "the only story in town today"?

You must lack empathy or I guess the truth is that you prefer news about cats on youtube.
  bingley hall Minister for Railways

Location: Last train to Skaville
Is it spoken by a man who hasn't been through one?

So northern Australians should say when there is a bushfires, droughts, earthquakes, hails storm, 10mm of rain that cause massive floods in southern australia, that they are "the only story in town today"?

You must lack empathy or I guess the truth is that you prefer news about cats on youtube.
Big J
Well apparently according to valvegear I'm just bitter so you should expect nothing less.

But, given that every other headline yesterday was dropped by the media for what is a not uncommon event at this time of year, perhaps you could cut me some slack.

I feel exactly the same way about the over-reporting by the media hype regarding natural 'disasters' in the southern states.

Your comment about cats is laughable - did you see the media reports made up of people's i-phone clips with 'dramatic pictures' of 4WDs being driven through a foot of floodwater? If a tabloid world is the one you want to live in the far enough, just don't ask me to subscribe.
  Pressman Spirit of the Vine

Location: Wherever the Tin Chook or Qantas takes me
But, given that every other headline yesterday was dropped by the media for what is a not uncommon event at this time of year, perhaps you could cut me some slack.

I feel exactly the same way about the over-reporting by the media hype regarding natural 'disasters' in the southern states.
bingley hall
I feel exactly the same about the media hype we get thrust on us these days.
This morning 9 had a female reporter standing in the rain in a hooded rain coat reporting that it was still raining heavily ~~ Well derr the footage clearly shows the poor girl getting saturated!
At least ABC's 24 gave their reporter (also female) an umbrella as well as a rain coat!

Like it's fair enough to report warnings from BOM and emergency services but constant pictures and video of the surf or a flooded creek or a swaying palm tree all to pad 5 minutes of useful news into an hour of coverage Rolling Eyes

Like the recent incident in Martin Place, just how many times in an hour did the media show the waitress (and others) escaping the café?
Yep about 100 times more than necessary.
  qredge Deputy Commissioner

Location: Marsden Qld
Obviously you were not listening to the new too much to realise this was not just another cyclone but a frigging big Mother a CAT 5 which only has had 4 others recorded in last 150 or so years here
So this is an abnormal event bit like Bushfire wiping out Adelaide -means is a news event
  bingley hall Minister for Railways

Location: Last train to Skaville
Obviously you were not listening to the new too much to realise this was not just another cyclone but a frigging big Mother a CAT 5 which only has had 4 others recorded in last 150 or so years here
So this is an abnormal event bit like Bushfire wiping out Adelaide -means is a news event
qredge
Was Brisbane wiped out - I must have missed that part?

I believe they're playing rugby there tonight, even possibly a game of cricket.

Shame on them, don't they know it's the end of the world?
  Brianr Assistant Commissioner

Location: Dunedin, New Zealand
Well I followed the ABC blog until I had to go out. I found it fascinating. I would not bother watching 5 seconds of cricket or football. We all have our own interests. No-one forces you to watch. I also watched the events in Martin Place (I grew up in Sydney) but they did get a bit the same after a while so I went to bed. Woke up here in NZ at 6 am to hear the news that the cafe had just been liberated.
  petan Chief Commissioner

Location: Waiting to see a zebra using a zebra crossing!
The Standard Emergency Warning Signal http://disaster.qld.gov.au/Warnings_and_Alerts/About_SEWS.html
  Big J Assistant Commissioner

Location: In Paradise
Was Brisbane wiped out - I must have missed that part?

I believe they're playing rugby there tonight, even possibly a game of cricket.

Shame on them, don't they know it's the end of the world?
bingley hall
Good news, hey Bing!

I am glad that you are rejoicing in that fact. What are your thoughts of the poor blighters at the Capricornian coast? Or are you focused on the big smoke only?

Following your logic, you must not have cared too much about the residents at King's Lake, Mansfield etc during those horrific bush fires, as Melbourne didn't have any.
  Big J Assistant Commissioner

Location: In Paradise
Well apparently according to valvegear I'm just bitter so you should expect nothing less.

But, given that every other headline yesterday was dropped by the media for what is a not uncommon event at this time of year, perhaps you could cut me some slack.

I feel exactly the same way about the over-reporting by the media hype regarding natural 'disasters' in the southern states.

Your comment about cats is laughable - did you see the media reports made up of people's i-phone clips with 'dramatic pictures' of 4WDs being driven through a foot of floodwater? If a tabloid world is the one you want to live in the far enough, just don't ask me to subscribe.
bingley hall
Not interested in valegear's opinion of you, as that is a matter for him. Personally I normally find your posts amusing.

But I thought I'd let you know my view on this specific post.

Ok, I agree I can't stand those "dramatic" clips and particularly can't stand bulletins from the metros that send some hapless weather person to stand outside in the cyclonic winds. One day one of those treasures will be decapitated or speared on live TV. Won't the ratings be massive for the TV Station. I imagine the Executive producer will get a promotion when that happens. Usually the local media bunker down with the residents and emerge after the peak of the event. Also the ABC seem to take their reporting be bit more seriously and actually provide information to us mere country bumpkins impacted by an event.

I remember one of these big headed news desk people came to Innisfail for post Cyclone Larry clean up. He did a live cross standing in the middle of the road preventing response and recovery teams to move to do their jobs. There was almost a lynch mob to move the fool.

While these tools have a purpose, publicising the event, they can also be a hindrance, a bit like the politicians that like to swan in, but that is another story.
  petan Chief Commissioner

Location: Waiting to see a zebra using a zebra crossing!
My memory of my first Nth QLD cyclone in the 1970s was wondering why the TV helicopters were mainly taking pictures of peoples' flooded homes instead of helping with the rescues.
  Graham4405 Minister for Railways

Location: Dalby Qld
This cyclone decided to arrive on a weekend that we had arranged to visit our son and his children at the Sunshine Coast. Made a bit of a mess of the weekend, but we kept safe and enjoyed our time as best we could.

It did amuse me that quite a number of businesses in Noosa were closed on Friday "due to the weather". In reality the weather wasn't that bad, certainly didn't keep potential customers away or people out of the surf...
  raymond Deputy Commissioner

Location: Gladstone, Queensland
If you have never been through a cyclone but want to experience one, just watch the youtube that has been posted by some storm chasers how made it in to Rockhampton just before the cyclone arrived.

It is about a half a hour long, but worth the watch.


You will see the eye arrive and then the flood arrive.




https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dbrGjFQtug4&sns=fb





RAYMOND

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