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Old 02-19-2015, 06:54 PM   #21
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If that's blue, may I humbly suggest a trip to the ER... STAT!
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Old 02-19-2015, 06:57 PM   #22
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It`s a Category 5 cyclone, predictions of wind approaching 300km/h, and heading for populated areas. There are predictions of up to 300mm of rain, that`s 12" in old measurements! Fortunately the dams are less full and the ground is not already saturated.
Our Queensland friends are in our thoughts, may the predictions be just that, and the reality much less severe.
The news here is saying Cat 5. Get out of Dodge! Good luck.
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Old 02-19-2015, 07:12 PM   #23
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In this image Marcia has a decidedly evil looking eye!
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Old 02-19-2015, 07:16 PM   #24
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Does look a bit nasty, doesn;t it.

out of interest insequent - where'd you get that image? The new BOM meteye seems to be down - won't load any imagery here.
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Old 02-19-2015, 07:28 PM   #25
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Its from NASA, got it out of this news story, slide 8.

Tracking the tropical cyclones Marcia and Lam - 9news.com.au

metEye is still working for me down here.
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Old 02-19-2015, 07:32 PM   #26
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Thanks. Seems meteye is back up now. No joy all last night/this morning - perhaps it was getting overloaded by requests.
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Old 02-19-2015, 07:42 PM   #27
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I think it must have been overload somewhere, I never noticed any outage.

I'm just finishing a coffee before going down to the boat. High tide of 2.8m at 11:05 am should indicate surge level in the Brisbane River. IIRC the highest tide at the marina is 2.9m. There will likely be lots of flooded streets if there is any significant surge.
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Old 02-19-2015, 08:15 PM   #28
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I hope you guys down under don't have any problems getting through this. Hang in there, we're with you in thoughts if not actually there.
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Old 02-19-2015, 08:31 PM   #29
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Lolrof....that's the best one yet, RT! Good to keep humor in a Cat 5 Cyclone.
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Old 02-19-2015, 08:57 PM   #30
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Not sure if we have any members in Rockhampton, which at present is getting the brunt of Marcia, now downgraded to Cat 4. But there sure are lots of boats up that way and I hope they come through ok.

Down in Brisbane, the 3" rain in the last day or so is unrelated to Marcia, but it means that when Marcia weakens to a rain bearing depression and arrives tomorrow it will be dumping a lot of rain on already saturated ground. Fortunately the dam levels should not reach a point where they will be releasing any water into the river during the rain event. On the boat at present I could not discern any surge over the high tide, but of course we are a long way south of Marcia.

Just heard that storm surge around Rocky is forecast to be 3m. Further south for Shufti it should not exceed this, so here's hoping his house is not affected at all.
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Greetings,
Mr. s. "...the flappy blue thing in front of you..." This is a FAMILY site so I'm not going there!
So, still very cold over there?
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Greetings,
Mr. BK. Indeed. Going down to -26C this evening with the wind chill. Harbor is frozen over and we want to head south on Sunday. The Admiral was quite adamant that we're NOT buying an icebreaker. Rats. I think the flappy thing is frozen...
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Old 02-20-2015, 01:03 AM   #33
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Looks like it's being downgraded to a 1 by the time it gets near you. Must be the collective power of all the trawler-denizens worrying about your boat. Once upon a time they called that prayer!
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Old 02-20-2015, 01:26 AM   #34
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Collective prayer, community mojo, positive waves, or plain ol good wishes - I'll take it in any form it's offered, and thank you all very much Does look like we'll be spared the brunt of it here in BUndy. Some of the the more northern towns not looking quite so clever though. Now [it seems - at this stage] all we've got to do here in Bundy is prepare for the possibility of another flood once the rains to the north and west make it to the Burnett River system. Of course south of us is looking a bit wet as well and equally fearful of flood. This is the 5th blow I've experienced in my life and it never 'gets old'.

As worrying as it all is - it's always exhilarating to experience Huey's wrath. You can almost feel the air being sucked into the system as you stand outside (well of course you can - that's called wind - but I'm sure those who've been through similar weather know what I mean). The atmosphere is positively electric. It's humbling to see nature like this - makes you [well me] feel totally alive. Especially when you're safe on land with your boat out of the water.

The edge of the cyclone is upon us proper now. Rain is building as is the wind. I guess we'll know soon enough what this evening holds in store for us. Right now though, it's well and truly beer o'clock. Of course only two for me, not going to get complacent until its downgraded to a tropical rain depression.

Thanks again all for keeping us in your thoughts.
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been pretty wet. My brother has already had 12 " rain down in Buderim with more to come.
Just heard that it blew 105 knots at Middle Percy and possibly the A frame has been wiped out.
This has some importance to all who have cruised the Qld coast.
Better keep all the scuppers clear for more rain.
Stay safe mate.
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Insequent,
I have friends in Bundy at Avoca and texted them, heard that it's very very wet. Meanwhile as I sit here in Perth I did wonder about my new boat waiting for me to pick her up in 3 weeks from Riverheads. (just south of Hervey Bay)
Gave a call there and enquired how she is...............was told Nimiane was happily STILL sitting on her trailer with water flowing from her cockpit drains like fountains...........
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