Common sense for QLD in the next few days

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Hi all,

Just in case you have been living under a rock we are about to be hit by cyclone Marcia. This is forecast to be Cat 4 when it strikes land tomorrow morning somewhere near Yeppoon.

Basically I'm saying if you don't need to be here, go. Also please don't walk, swim or drive thru flood waters here. As a road builder and inspector, I know that a lot of the causeways and culverts are in less than ideal condition and you won't see any holes or failures thru the water. Flood water is also difficult to see in the headlights on a dark road.
Also I doubt if most of the houses below Gladstone are up to a Cat 4 structurally ( I certainly doubt our old timber house is) so I hope it has dropped by the time it gets near us.
Anyway if any of the other EO members in Bundy need a hand afterwards, let me know and if I'm not out on the roads I'll come over.
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Reply By: Ozhumvee - Thursday, Feb 19, 2015 at 18:53

Thursday, Feb 19, 2015 at 18:53
You and the family stay safe Dave, Sandra and I will be thinking of you all.
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Follow Up By: Life Member TourBoy, Bundaberg - Thursday, Feb 19, 2015 at 19:19

Thursday, Feb 19, 2015 at 19:19
Thanks Pete (and Sandra),
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Reply By: Gone Bush (WA) - Thursday, Feb 19, 2015 at 19:36

Thursday, Feb 19, 2015 at 19:36
I hope no one's parked up at St Lawrence. It's gonna get clobbered.

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Follow Up By: Life Member TourBoy, Bundaberg - Thursday, Feb 19, 2015 at 19:39

Thursday, Feb 19, 2015 at 19:39
Yeah I know but at least the houses are stronger up there.
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Reply By: Life Member TourBoy, Bundaberg - Thursday, Feb 19, 2015 at 20:19

Thursday, Feb 19, 2015 at 20:19
Now upgraded to Cat 5 at landfall. It's not going to be pretty and flooding rain down into NSW.
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Reply By: faircrackofthewhip - Thursday, Feb 19, 2015 at 20:40

Thursday, Feb 19, 2015 at 20:40
Yeah,I hope it can land somewhere isolated,can't forget Cyclone Fran in '93 in our part of the country in a old timber house
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Follow Up By: Life Member TourBoy, Bundaberg - Thursday, Feb 19, 2015 at 21:52

Thursday, Feb 19, 2015 at 21:52
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Reply By: Top End Az - Thursday, Feb 19, 2015 at 21:16

Thursday, Feb 19, 2015 at 21:16
From a Darwinite, hope all is well for neighbouring Qld'ers. Stock up on the beer and baked beans, get the camping gear out and get ready for the ride. I'm not too familiar with Qld cyclone history, but a bit unusual to see such a severe cyclone so far south. Can't imagine Yeppoon and Rocky houses being constructed to the standards of those in Townsville & Cairns,
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Reply By: Member - ACD 1 - Thursday, Feb 19, 2015 at 21:22

Thursday, Feb 19, 2015 at 21:22
What a beautiful and powerful country we live in!

Fires on one coast with cyclonic weather on the other. Truly a country of extremes!

Prepare be safe, don't take unnecessary risks. Your attitude shows the true Australian character Dave - about to face your own uncertainties and hardships but show genuine concern for others.

I hope everyone pulls through OK - our thoughts are with you

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Reply By: Geepeem - Thursday, Feb 19, 2015 at 21:36

Thursday, Feb 19, 2015 at 21:36
Yes it is intensifying very rapidly. Now upgraded to Cat 4 and expected to be Cat 6 by landfall Friday morning. Wind gusts up to 295 kph are expected. This is a big one. Unfortunately many Queensland towns in the SE are going to get smashed.
Stay safe where ever you are




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Follow Up By: BunderDog - Thursday, Feb 19, 2015 at 22:28

Thursday, Feb 19, 2015 at 22:28
The category scale only goes to five
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Follow Up By: wholehog- Thursday, Feb 19, 2015 at 23:08

Thursday, Feb 19, 2015 at 23:08
By the time it makes land it will be a Cat 10...the way the media and people talk it up eveytime it only just makes some ground into the bottom rung of a new category..lol.

Isn't about time the information and safety messages were de-politicised as well. Just let the emegency agency commanders do their jobs...deliver whats required, it doesnt need media whoring Premiers and Ministers to be involved.
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Follow Up By: BunderDog - Thursday, Feb 19, 2015 at 23:31

Thursday, Feb 19, 2015 at 23:31
Got my alarm set for 4am so I can watch the continuous "Cyclone Watch" on at least 4 TV Channels.
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Follow Up By: Geepeem - Friday, Feb 20, 2015 at 06:51

Friday, Feb 20, 2015 at 06:51
Just a typo …cat 5 I meant to say
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Reply By: kcandco - Thursday, Feb 19, 2015 at 23:08

Thursday, Feb 19, 2015 at 23:08
Hi Dave

I live in Bundaberg as well and must admit I am a little concerned. I remember well Fran in 91 and that was bad enough, glass door bowing 50mm in the wind!. It's going to be a long wait for it to cross the coast and drop intensity. The rain doesn't concern me but the wind certainly does.

BTW They just announced on news expected to cross coast at 9am. Would be nice if we have daylight.

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Reply By: Steve in Kakadu - Friday, Feb 20, 2015 at 00:05

Friday, Feb 20, 2015 at 00:05
As I type I hope all those in Queensland are safe, unfortunately Elcho Island is being smashed by a category 4 system right now, may we keep these people in our thoughts as well.
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Follow Up By: Steve in Kakadu - Friday, Feb 20, 2015 at 00:14

Friday, Feb 20, 2015 at 00:14
The Earth's wind patterns
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Reply By: Gone Bush (WA) - Friday, Feb 20, 2015 at 00:16

Friday, Feb 20, 2015 at 00:16
Is anyone aware of any webcams in these areas?

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Follow Up By: Member - Tony F8 - Friday, Feb 20, 2015 at 08:34

Friday, Feb 20, 2015 at 08:34
HSC has put a vid up on youtube and facebook.
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Reply By: Member - Terry. G (TAS) - Friday, Feb 20, 2015 at 01:38

Friday, Feb 20, 2015 at 01:38
To every one up there in the path of one of the cyclones (not only members ) stay safe and take no more risks than are needed . Thinking of all of you's
Terry
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Reply By: Member - Tony F8 - Friday, Feb 20, 2015 at 07:15

Friday, Feb 20, 2015 at 07:15
Morning all, just sitting here waiting for the blow, atm in Gladstone we had 28mm of rain overnight, and probably 25kt winds. Not really what you would expect when its only 2 hours from crossing the coast. Everything is packed and tied down and we have our fingers crossed. A sad side of it is the attitude of some people regards to the panic buying that has been going on, cannot believe how selfish people can be. Will update in a couple of hours.
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Follow Up By: Member - Tony F8 - Friday, Feb 20, 2015 at 07:52

Friday, Feb 20, 2015 at 07:52
Ok, its starting to pick up a bit now, rain has increased and so have the winds, its coming in batches, stronger winds and rain then a calm.
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Reply By: The Landy - Friday, Feb 20, 2015 at 07:47

Friday, Feb 20, 2015 at 07:47
Good luck, and take care...!

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Reply By: Life Member TourBoy, Bundaberg - Friday, Feb 20, 2015 at 08:01

Friday, Feb 20, 2015 at 08:01
Thanks for your thoughts.
In Bargara atm there is next to no wind, no rain and the sun is out. In Bundy we had 60mm last night so everything is flowing. If the rain falls inland as it is forecast then we may have another flood is about 2-3 days.

It is now reportedly going to hit Gladstone at around 8am and there will be a 6.7m storm surge.
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Follow Up By: BunderDog - Friday, Feb 20, 2015 at 08:07

Friday, Feb 20, 2015 at 08:07
Paradise Dam is FULL so anything that comes over the wall with be flood water.
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Follow Up By: Life Member TourBoy, Bundaberg - Friday, Feb 20, 2015 at 09:51

Friday, Feb 20, 2015 at 09:51
paradise dam is still on failure watch
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Follow Up By: BunderDog - Friday, Feb 20, 2015 at 10:19

Friday, Feb 20, 2015 at 10:19
I thought they had finished the repairs, What warning are they going to give if it goes?
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Follow Up By: Life Member TourBoy, Bundaberg - Friday, Feb 20, 2015 at 11:11

Friday, Feb 20, 2015 at 11:11
probably none. The work they did was superficial, I worked for sunwater during the last flood and i can tell you don't believe what they tell you about it's structural integrity
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Reply By: TomH - Friday, Feb 20, 2015 at 08:20

Friday, Feb 20, 2015 at 08:20
Perhaps some one could have mentioned the cyclone to the two idiots who went fishing near Fraser yesterday. now people have to put themselves in danger looking for them.

Front runners for a Darwin Award I reckon.
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Follow Up By: Member - Tony F8 - Friday, Feb 20, 2015 at 08:36

Friday, Feb 20, 2015 at 08:36
You have to feel for the rescurers who have to go out and look for these bleep s.
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Follow Up By: Life Member TourBoy, Bundaberg - Friday, Feb 20, 2015 at 09:52

Friday, Feb 20, 2015 at 09:52
They have been found safe this morning in the Sandy Straight
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Reply By: Member - Gnomey - Friday, Feb 20, 2015 at 10:45

Friday, Feb 20, 2015 at 10:45
Best wishes and thoughts for all affected. Keep safe and well. QLD ex pat.

Cheers
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Reply By: Omaa - Friday, Feb 20, 2015 at 12:28

Friday, Feb 20, 2015 at 12:28
I can also remember the 1991 plus many earlier cyclones at Bundaberg. We moved to Redcliffe in 2007 & it is now really heavy rain but we are settled in our van behind a friend's home as ours is rented out but only 2 mins away. Can imagine how rellies & friends are feeling in Bundy after 2011 & 2013. Hoping all right in the path of the cyclone heed all warnings especially folk you have never experienced these storms. They are frightening to say the least.
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Reply By: Member - Tony F8 - Saturday, Feb 21, 2015 at 07:24

Saturday, Feb 21, 2015 at 07:24
Well Gladstone and south dodged the bullet, but feeling for Rocky and Yeppoon residents, looks like we will head up to help with the clean up.
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Follow Up By: Life Member TourBoy, Bundaberg - Saturday, Feb 21, 2015 at 11:44

Saturday, Feb 21, 2015 at 11:44
Yeah, we feel for those who got hit hard, at 330 this morning we only had wind of 85kph a far cry from what it could have been.
Marcia was only about 1/4 of the size of TC Lam which I suspect is why it dropped in intensity so fast over land.
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