She’s turned towards us. We’re in the full strike zone now.
I think it’s safe to say we probably won’t have a shed any more this time tomorrow… We’re making evacuation contingency plans. Everything’s getting charged: phones, power packs, laptops, battery lamps, Kindle, etc, because the power will be going down. There’s nothing we can do for the fully stocked freezer, but we have a car fridge we can run off a separate battery if the outage goes on too long. We have over 100L (26 gallons) of potable water stored.
The core is already gusting to 260kmph (155mph), with sustained wind speeds of 155kmph (95mph). If it follows the predicted track, landfall will occur around Shoalwater Bay, an army training zone 150+km south of Mackay. If it follows the northerly tendency it’s been showing the last few hours, it’ll hit Mackay. I’m not being so calm about things any more, but we’re as ready as we can be. She’s ramped up from Category 1 at landfall to Category 4. We are going to see damage to the house.
Cross your fingers for us. I’ll be online for the next couple of hours and then we’ll shut down to conserve battery power. It’s highly likely the cellular transmitter which powers our internet will sustain damage, so I may not be back online for a while. Your positive thoughts, prayers or good wishes will be appreciated.