Well, tropical cyclone Debbie has now thoroughly degenerated into a low and is wending its way inland to rain itself into oblivion.
My community was spared, in the end. Cyclones being the wild meanderers that they are, at various times Debbie threatened north of us, to hit us square on, then trended south with occasionally unnerving swings north before bringing its full grief to bear on the Whitsundays and Airlie Beach. As it was, the system was large enough that tens of thousands had to be evacuated from low-lying areas of Mackay, and until close to the end Townsville was still expected to have winds equivalent to a category 1 or 2 cyclone.
Ultimately, Townsville was spared even significant gales, and can account ourselves blessed on that score. Best wishes to those who bore the brunt, who are today beginning the long clean up.
2 thoughts on “And Back…”
They always are. There are always people who don’t take them seriously, but being safe in a cyclone is always as much luck as it is preparation so I tend to think those who aren’t unnerved by them are not necessarily wise. Of course, I should emphasize that it wasn’t Debbie that silenced my blog, but a sudden outpouring of university work, now done, so I really should get this site going again…