Cyclone Sandwich Strikes Queensland As Lam and Marcia Arrive

Today Queenslanders were delivered their ‘cyclone sandwich” as expected, with Tropical Cyclones Lam and Marcia making landfall this morning.

Cyclone Lam crossed onto the mainland as a Category 4 system just after 2 o’clock this morning and left the small Arnhem Land’s Milingimbi community, 500 kilometres east of Darwin, without power, water and sewerage.

Cyclone Marcia arrived at 11 AM and crossed just north of Yeppoon, near Shoalwater Bay, as a Category 5 system bringing gusts of up to 285 km/h.

Category 5 is as strong as they come, we don’t get too many of those making landfall, thankfully. Here’s AP news…

This house, in Yeppoon, didn’t handle it too well…

Cyclone Marcia is now travelling the 700 kilometres or so from Yeppoon and heading towards Brisbane, but fortunately it will weaken a good deal by the time it gets to this city. The downside though, is we can expect plenty of rain and that means a few people around here will be panicking a bit.

I took these photos from down the road at 5 o’clock this evening, already you can see a small lake forming in the back gardens of some houses less than 1 kilometre from me….

Puddle 1

Puddle 2These are the same houses that went completely under during the 2011 floods. Amazingly, it has stopped raining right now, it’s surprisingly calm here in Brisbane. But as this radar shows, we’re just having a break…

BOMRadar courtesy of BOM

We will see what tomorrow brings, but considering this was a Category 5, I think Queensland may have got off quite favourably with this one.

Queensland; one week, one earthquake, two cyclones, a new government sworn in and I haven’t even mentioned the hepatitis A frozen berries scare. Oh well, it’s the weekend now, another week next week.

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  • Hilary February 21, 2015, 11:52 am |

    Phew, relieved to hear you’re ok Bob. Just been a bit concerned with it heading so close to Brissy. Keep safe!

    • BobinOz February 22, 2015, 9:00 pm |

      As usual Hilary, they copped the worst of it much further north, Brisbane got off extremely lightly. Nothing more than a windy rainy day here in the end. Thanks, Bob

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