Please note: These maps are only here as a living record of passing cyclones from the viewpoint of an ordinary FNQer. The info presented is out of date as soon as it is posted. If you want the latest information you should always check the BoM Cyclone page.
I guess it’s that time of year. This should be called Tropical Cyclone Gillian, assuming it develops into one. More info when available.
Edit: The tropical low in the Gulf of Carpentaria has developed into a full tropical cyclone first and has been named Tropical Cyclone Gillian. Assuming the low in the Coral Sea becomes a TC then it will be called Tropical Cyclone Hadi.
First of the season. Keeping our fingers crossed that the projected path heads away from us. Tropical Cyclone Dylan track maps:
Today marks one year from the day Tropical Cyclone Yasi arrived so I thought I’d compile a list of Yasi related posts and tweets.
2. Next was the first threat map for Yasi from the Fiji Met Service and an infra-red image from NOAA.
3. On the 31st of January the Australian Bureau of Meteorology issued their first threat/track map for Yasi. I added the latest maps as they became available.
4. The ABC published an article about cyclone preparation info as by now it was clear that Yasi was going to be a big one. This post also includes links to QLD Premier Anna Bligh and Deputy Police Commissioner Ian Stewart on YouTube.
5. Then came a list of useful links for cyclone information.
6. Scary headline much?
7. Somehow this blog shot up the Google index.
8. We got up at 5am and checked the BoM track map. We got a bit of a surprise.
9. ABC Breakfast’s Virginia Trioli asked if any viewers were in the path so I replied via Twitter. Silkwood got what was possibly its first ever mention on television:
10. Sitting and waiting in the council offices in Tully for Yasi to arrive.
11. I would have added the tweets from Tully but they no longer seem to be available.
12. In the eye of Cyclone Yasi.
13. I finally got to post some photos a few days later. As soon as it was light enough in the morning after Yasi had passed three of us hopped into a council ute and did the first damage assessment photo survey of Tully. I took nearly 250 images of damaged buildings and infrastructure in approximately 60% of Tully. These were in the hands of the authorities by about 9am.
14. One day later. Gathering thoughts.
16. Made contact with Queensland Premier Anna Bligh via Twitter:
17. 500 volunteers come to Silkwood to help with the clean-up.
18. Anna Bligh responds to volunteer effort via Twitter:
19. Lisa is so chuffed with the help from the volunteers that she makes a “thank you” sign. For the next two weeks everyone passing seems to stop and take a photo.
20. An evacuation shelter at Tully that wasn’t up to the job.
21. The local council seems to be invisible and we need some industrial strength boys’ toys in Silkwood. Brisbane responds promptly:
22. Queensland government starts to liase with David Hall, a Silkwood resident and organiser of the clean-up:
23. Tully’s famous Golden Gumboot, still standing after two massive cyclones.
24. It’s the 18th of February and things are starting to happen.
25. We used to live at Tully Heads before we moved to Silkwood in 2010. Here are some photos of what it used to look like.
26. Premier Anna Bligh keeps her promise and visits Silkwood for a coldie.
27. Things look a bit different now.
28. First signs of trees in recovery.
29. Prince William makes a flying visit to Cardwell and Tully.
30. We established QLD.so, a URL shortening service to raise awareness of the Premier’s Fund.
31. A massive turn out for the annual Tully Show.
32. Tully, six months after Yasi. Lots still needs to be done.
33. More progress on the house rebuild.
34. Er, that’s it. The house still leaks. The ceiling still bulges downwards. The expense goes on. SunCorp is still being very unhelpful. We have worked out the $15k from the Premier’s Fund will not cover the extra work that SunCorp aren’t paying for.
Last of all I’d like to thank all those people and organisations that have helped us in the last year. You know who you are. You made a big difference.
We had the first storm of the wet season last night – two weeks early – and the shade sail at the renter decided to let go of one corner this morning. I can’t see this lasting long in a real blow.
A 6m x 6m sail blowing around in a strong wind isn’t the safest thing to be around.