Monday, February 18, 2008

Cyclone Nicholas

Well, we've spent the weekend watching the development of Cyclone Nicholas and running around making preparations in case he decides to bring us some destruction. On Saturday night, things were looking pretty intense as the cyclone was predicted to be a Cat 4 and the predicted track brought it right to us

Yesterday most of the sites had the predicted track heading slightly west of us and the centre of the storm hitting us on the far side of the Cape. Better, but still room for lots of damage and mess. The supermarkets and petrol stations were crazy busy - what are people going to do with 20 cans of spaghetti, really? Many of those in tents and caravans made their way out of town, just in case. I guess the idea of hanging out in the dank, dark community building didn't appeal to them!

Some of the shop owners were putting up their cyclone screens and at the dive shop we made sure that our electrical cables and stock were moved to higher ground in case of flooding over night. We decided to simply shut the doors early and to keep closed Monday - can't believe there will be a lot of people wanting to snorkel or dive...of course, there will be as people will be bored!

Thanks to the Blue Alert, we had to put Concord back in the water. All that hard work taping and sanding, ruined. We wanted to wait until today to do it, but the trucks needed to put her back in had to be tucked into safety, too, so it was yesterday or never and we just couldn't take the chance.

I took the dogs to the beach in the morning - it was already windy, but at least that kept the flies down! We wanted to make sure we had a good walk just in case we were trapped inside for any length of time - Tilly has too much energy! Tilly thinks any vehicle that goes past is there for a game of chasey and Dora has started in again, too, so I now have our handy double lead at the ready! They are both very good about being tied together, though sometimes it's a tug of war to see who gets to carry the biggest part of the leash! I have them with their matching collars and it's too cute - too bad they won't cooperate and pose.

Dora played in and out of the water, but the waves were a little too daunting for Ms Til.

This morning, Monday for us, the track is not only further west, but also sees the cyclone losing power. We can only hope as it is still hanging out up north and course changes are always possible. You can check on the track at the Bureau's site...

The sky was an amazing brilliant red & orange when I first got up, but now it's just overcast and grey. We got a bit of rain last night, including one 5 minute torrential downpour, but our driveway and patio are already dry now. We could use the rain, but I won't be sorry if we don't get much - it creates so much mess!

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