That’s a bit of a saying in these parts, “just another sunny day in Queensland“. Over the last few days as Tropical Cyclone Marcia rampaged down parts of the Queensland coast, I think we probably all knew that by Monday the sun would be back shining again as usual.
And yes, you’ve guessed it, today has been just another sunny day in Queensland.
I ended Fridays post, Cyclone Sandwich Strikes Queensland As Lam and Marcia Arrive, by saying “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” so how did it end up?
The most important statistic of all is that there were no fatalities, quite remarkable when you consider roofs, among other things, have been flying through the air.
So what’s the damage?
Update: I did have three reports for you, but one of the videos has been removed, so now we have two.
Yeppoon, about 45 kilometres north of Rockhampton, is quite a small town, population of around 17,000 or so. But it’s not as small as Byfield…
Byfield is about 45 to 50 kilometres north of Yeppoon with a population of just 275. Well, it doesn’t get much smaller than that, does it? Yes, it does, a little bit anyway. Marmor, about 40 kilometres south of Rockhampton, has a population of just 205 people according to the same 2011 Census.
I found this video on Vimeo and in some ways it’s the saddest of the three. The house has been almost completely destroyed and although I know some of you will suggest that it didn’t look a very robust house to start with, but it was still somebody’s home.
A home with plenty of land around it, a home to horses, dogs and goats as well as a couple called Karen and Robert from what I can make out. For some people this IS living the dream, but sometimes this kind of remote living goes wrong…
I think you can see from this collection of videos that Cyclone Marcia made landfall in a reasonably remote area of Queensland, the biggest town to really feel its wrath was Rockhampton with a population of just over 80,000. If a cyclone like this were to hit a city like Brisbane though, the damage would be enormous.
That is not to underestimate the enormity of what has happened to those affected by Tropical Cyclone Marcia, many of whom clearly face massive challenges over the next weeks and months. The Army has already been dispatched to help with the cleanup and I know these communities will all pull together to get things straight as quickly as possible.
Hopefully, given time, everything will be put back together again, newer, better and stronger.
Update on the damage:
As of today, 24 February, the insurance bill for Cyclone Marcia is estimated at around $50 million. It will go up as more claims go in, but to what? Double? Treble? To put that into perspective, Brisbane had a super cell hail storm that lasted around half an hour in the city last November, the damage for that was $1.1 billion and will also probably end up more once everything is fixed.
Again, I’m not underestimating the damage that has been done, all damage is bad news, but I’m just putting it into perspective.