"Our greatest responsibility is to be good ancestors."

-Jonas Salk

Monday, January 31, 2011

Queensland Again


Update: this is a long way north from Brisbane, fortunately.


Andy S said...

Perhaps Lord Monckton has asked a friend in high places to send a message to Brisbane-based John Cook for his comprehensive busting of Monckton Myths.

Hank Roberts said...

this one?

"Cyclone roars toward Australia's flooded north

(AP) – 42 minutes ago

SYDNEY (AP) — Authorities scrambled to airlift hospital patients from the path of a cyclone roaring toward waterlogged northeastern Australia and urged low-lying communities to evacuate because of potentially deadly flash floods...."

adelady said...

Urge? No. Evacuation is now compulsory in parts of Cairns. The storm surge is now expected to be 2 metres rather than the deeply feared 4 metres, but with a cyclone of this power and size raging in afterwards, evacuation is the best thing.

They're telling people who are "self-evacuating" to try to get as far as Mackay or further south.

byron smith said...

It may be a long way north of Brisbane, but there are still some larger settlements up there. It could be Queensland's biggest ever cyclone (depending how it behaves over the next 24 hours or so).

John Mashey said...

See projected storm track

I've been in Cairns, Townsville, Mackay, the Whitsundays. A 2-meter storm surge is not good.

EliRabett said...

what happens to the barrier reef?

David B. Benson said...

Eli, we'll see, but not much I opine. Storm surge should protect much of it.

From my one visit the the reef out of Cairns.

adelady said...

The reef?

The worst impact will be later, the same as from any other floods. Water contaminated with fertilisers and pesticides on top of the expected silts are not coral friendly.

Population affected? Cairns area, 150000ish, Townsville, 170000ish plus Ayr Innisfail and other points down to Mackay - population 120000ish plus a few evacuees.

Martin Vermeer said...

Yeah, I know Cairns too. There's going to be damage.

byron smith said...

The bigger (longer term) danger to the GBR comes from the extra heat going into the oceans that is driving this cyclone to new heights of ferocity.