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….
These 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…
Radar 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.