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The Cairns Diaries

 
 
dlowan
 
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Reply Tue 1 Feb, 2011 11:10 pm
@msolga,
Please keep posting guys...IF IT IS SAFE.


We are gonna be so worried about you.

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Izzie
 
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Reply Wed 2 Feb, 2011 01:05 am
Thinking of you HH.... listening on the news here... worried for you all out there. Says it's changed course a little but I'm not sure what this means for you guys

keeping hopeful and wishing you safe

x




listening: evac centres are full, advice is still batten down the hatches and hunker down - eye of the storm is very large, will be an hour of calm before the hardest winds hit.

((HH))


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hingehead
 
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Reply Wed 2 Feb, 2011 01:19 am
Thanks to all for your thoughts - I'll probably just tweet now, until the power goes off. Winds are picking up. http://twitter.com/#!/hingehead
Izzie
 
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Reply Wed 2 Feb, 2011 01:24 am
@hingehead,
Save your power HH, gonna need ya phone and stuff afterwards. Will follow your tweet when I get to work.

Hugs, love to you both

x
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Izzie
 
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Reply Wed 2 Feb, 2011 03:20 am
can't tweet at sch**l as we're filtered... if anyone's following HH, please can they post up here if they hear from him

thanks

McTag
 
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Reply Wed 2 Feb, 2011 03:25 am
@Izzie,

Winds 180 to 200 mph? The worst storm ever experienced here?

Words are inadequate.
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dlowan
 
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Reply Wed 2 Feb, 2011 04:50 am
@hingehead,
Emergency Cyclone site current update:
Quote:
Category five tropical cyclone Yasi
"No one should be leaving home now" says Premier Anna Bligh, "the time for movement and evacuation has now passed. People should be sheltering in place wherever they are...evacuation centres do not expect to see more people."

The tropical cyclone has been upgraded to category 5 with the cyclone expected to cross the coast just south of the Cairns area around 11pm.

Queensland Emergency Services Minister Neil Roberts says mattresses and pillows should be kept close by, "often the safest place for people is in the smallest room in the home - that might be the laundry or the bathroom," he said.

TV and radio transmission interruptions may occur throughout the cyclone. Reliable broadcasts are available on short wave radio: day 9710kHz, and night 6080kHz.





http://www.cairns.com.au/article/2011/02/02/147535_cyclone.html

dlowan
 
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Reply Wed 2 Feb, 2011 04:54 am
@Izzie,
Izzie wrote:

can't tweet at sch**l as we're filtered... if anyone's following HH, please can they post up here if they hear from him

thanks






Last few tweets:


hingehead hingehead
Watching cricket and listening to strange bumps courtesy of @ergonenergy and #tcyasi respectively. c'mon aussies
5 minutes ago

hingehead hingehead
Eye now showing on the BOM rain radar http://www.bom.gov.au/products/IDR192.loop.shtml#skip gusts getting noisier #tcyasi #cairns
1 hour ago

hingehead hingehead
Sun has set - now we sit and play 'what the heck was that?' #Cairns #tcyasi
1 hour ago

hingehead hingehead
Mrs Hinge says can we not worry about the aftermath until we've survived the 'math'? #tcyasi
2 hours ago

hingehead hingehead
#ergon must have fixed something - four years ago South #cairns would lose electricity when I farted - still got power! #tcyasi





Yasi tweet site:

http://twitter.com/#!/cairnsnews/
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Izzie
 
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Reply Wed 2 Feb, 2011 04:56 am
@dlowan,
Yep McT

Thanks Deb - know it's late there now so thanku

keeping everything crossed and hoping they will be safe
Eorl
 
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Reply Wed 2 Feb, 2011 04:59 am
Looks increasingly like Cairns will be spared the worst. Innisfail and Cardwell in line for a flogging.
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Wilso
 
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Reply Wed 2 Feb, 2011 05:02 am
Hope everyone's dug in well. Good luck.
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Wilso
 
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Reply Wed 2 Feb, 2011 05:17 am
Here's an interesting (and frightening) comparison...
The first one is Cyclone Tracy (1974), the middle one is Cyclone Larry (2005) and the one on the far right is Cyclone Yasi. Scary stuff !


http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc6/hs280.snc6/180844_1563023350894_1094646331_31226816_4728634_n.jpg
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Butrflynet
 
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Reply Wed 2 Feb, 2011 05:33 am
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edgarblythe
 
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Reply Wed 2 Feb, 2011 05:35 am
Good wishes to all involved.
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dlowan
 
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Reply Wed 2 Feb, 2011 05:37 am
@Izzie,
Quote:

hingehead hingehead
We still have power, Aus won the cricket, we may lose our roof but on the whole..... #tcyasi #cairns
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Butrflynet
 
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Reply Wed 2 Feb, 2011 05:39 am
Live streaming graphic of Yasi's approach:

http://www.bom.gov.au/products/IDR211.loop.shtml

Live streaming of winds in Townsville:

(It just went off the air a few minutes ago, but there are videos of the winds up until a couple hours after nightfall.

http://www.ustream.tv/channel/townsville-yasi
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Butrflynet
 
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Reply Wed 2 Feb, 2011 05:42 am
http://www.bom.gov.au/radar/IDR211.gif?20110202113745
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Butrflynet
 
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Reply Wed 2 Feb, 2011 05:46 am
http://www.nzherald.co.nz/world/news/article.cfm?c_id=2&objectid=10703772

Quote:
Frightening hours ahead: Gillard

Prime Minister Julia Gillard has told the people of north Queensland all Australians will be thinking of them as tropical cyclone Yasi bears down in the next few hours.

She delivered a simple message to affected residents on Wednesday afternoon: "In the hours of destruction that are coming to them, all of Australia is going to be thinking of them."

"Our thoughts are with you," she told reporters in Canberra.

Ms Gillard said Yasi was probably going to be the worst cyclone to hit Australia.

But before the clean-up could begin, she said people were about to face "many, many dreadful frightening hours".

Ms Gillard paid tribute to the spirit of Queenslanders, who are only just beginning to recover from devastating floods.

"(Yasi) is a powerful natural force but the courage of the people of far north Queensland is an even stronger force again," she said.

Ms Gillard said the Australian Crisis Co-ordination Committee was continuing to oversee government efforts to manage the crisis.

Following the cyclone, defence assets including helicopters, naval assets and 4000 soldiers in Townsville would be available to help.

Ms Gillard said the government would make sure Centrelink systems were up and running as soon as possible to help victims.


"But before we get to that stage there are many, many dreadful frightening hours ahead for the people of far north Queensland," she said.

"This is going to be a very difficult night."

Ms Gillard said in the hours after the cyclone, Australia would be with north Queenslanders on the ground making a difference.

"The people of Australia will be there to help the people of far north Queensland through," she said.

Ms Gillard said she had personally spoken to the local MPs who were in their communities providing leadership.

"I have also had the opportunity to speak on a number of occasions with Premier Anna Bligh," she said.

"Premier Anna Bligh and her emergency management team are facing this crisis with the same steely determination that has got them through so far."

Ms Gillard said 4,000 soldiers based in Townsville plus defence ships and aircraft were available to help once the cyclone passed.

She said the defence force had already played a significant role in evacuating hospital patients and assisting in the preparation.


"Of course the people of our defence force will continue to be there making a difference," she said.

Ms Gillard said she would visit far north Queensland at an appropriate time, depending on the process of recovery.

"The last thing anyone would want to do is to use an aviation asset that could be better deployed for immediate search and rescue work," she said.

"I will time a visit, bearing in mind that the most important thing we can do in the hours as the cyclone passes over, is get on with the task of cleanup, of search and rescue and making sure people are okay."

Ms Gillard said she would be monitoring the situation from Canberra.

The crisis co-ordination committee is meeting in the capital.

"We are linked in at every level to the Queensland government team," she said.

"I am obviously directly linked in with Anna Bligh, talking to her regularly."

She said representatives of the federal government's crisis co-ordination team as well as defence personnel will sit in on regular emergency management committee meetings Ms Bligh and her team are holding in Queensland.

"These arrangements have been very useful ones during the days of the flooding crisis," Ms Gillard said.
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dadpad
 
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Reply Wed 2 Feb, 2011 05:47 am
Hang in there hinge.
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hingehead
 
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Reply Wed 2 Feb, 2011 05:48 am
Still have power but Twitter has died!

We are all still well. Mrs Hinge convinced that the granny flat is actually a purpose built cyclone bunker. Noise much less than Larry when we stayed upstairs. Lights flicker occasionally but the beer is still cold.

Thanks for all your good wishes!
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