Friday, April 11, 2014

Cyclone Ita Is Nearly Here- NNnnnoooo

Well I had a restless sleep and suspect that will be the same tonight. Cyclone Ita is a large Category 5 tropical cyclone currently north East of me and she is now tracking south west with still a chance she may stay a cat 5 and brush along the coast as she goes south. Bureau Of Meteorology (BOM) is updating hourly now. Its grey and drizzling outside, no wind at the moment and birds are chattering away(they were really quiet yesterday). Here is current BOM image...

Category 5 cyclones are our highest level of storms and carry winds of up to 280km/hr. I live in Julatten...somewhere near the red line where it downgrades the cyclone to a 2 after it hits landfall and moves down near Port Douglas which is on the coast from me. If it continues as they expect the winds shouldn't be to bad for us here on the tablelands but where it crosses the coast up near Cape Flattery as a cat 5, there will be allot of devastation.Where its thought to make landfall isnt hugely populated though Cooktown is a good sized town.

At this stage I'm all prepared and I am thankful we have a generator as the power will probably go out. I may loos the internet too. Ita should be around a Cat 2 by the time she gets to is BOM's category breakdown if anyone is interested.

CategoryStrongest gust (km/h)Typical effects
1 Tropical CycloneLess than 125 km/h
Minimal house damage. Damage to some crops, trees and caravans.Boats may drag moorings.
2 Tropical Cyclone125 - 164 km/h
Destructive winds
Minor house damage. Significant damage to signs, trees and caravans. Heavy damage to some crops. Risk of power failure. Small boats may break moorings.
3 Severe Tropical Cyclone165 - 224 km/h
Very destructive winds
Some roof and structural damage. Some caravans destroyed. Power failure likely.
4 Severe Tropical Cyclone225 - 279 km/h
Very destructive winds
Significant roofing and structural damage. Many caravans destroyed and blown away. Dangerous airborne debris. Widespread power failures.
5 Severe Tropical CycloneMore than 280 km/h
Extremely destructive winds
Extremely dangerous with widespread destruction.

So everyone stay safe and that shall be my priority here too.
Annette In Oz xxx


Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

AH Annette, I was praying last night and again this morning and on I know for all the dear folk up there after C. Yasi and Larry we dont want the devastation they caused..
May God be with you all up there and keep you safe - and also thinking of wildlife too please LORD,... and homes.. but most all human lives especially frail and young.
God bless and keep you safe Annette, at the moment latest report on radio ABC just said expected to hit land at 10pm. Shaz in Oz.x

ike said...

Oh goodness - thinking of you and keeping everything crossed at this end that everyone/everything will stay safe. xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

stregata said...

Hoping you will stay safe. Will keep you in my thoughts.


Thanks Shaz and Ike...all ok here so far just allot of rain and periodic gusty winds. I think we shall miss the worst of it and I am very happy about that though still scared for the Cooktown region where its going to be still a Category4 as per BOM.
Annette In Oz xxxx

Lauren Tomecek said...

Hope it starts to blow itself out by the time it gets down to you.


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