Gotta go, Marcia’s knocking…

She’s turned towards us. We’re in the full strike zone now.

Screen Shot 2015-02-19 at 5.58.00 pmI 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.

Chiconia, out.

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76 thoughts on “Gotta go, Marcia’s knocking…

  1. Jen Nathan says:

    Good luck babes x thinking of you x please let me know you’re fine as soon as you have power and please let me know if you need anything xxxxx love and hugs xxxxx

    Sent from my iPhone

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  2. EllaDee says:

    I’ve been watching the weather reports all day, thinking of you and all the others in the line of fire… err… gale & deluge… Better to be prepared for the worst, but I’m sending positive thoughts out to the Universe that that won’t be the case. Be safe.

  3. Jen says:

    Will be watching news via Internet today xxx

  4. tialys says:

    Eeek! That looks really scary. It sounds like you are well prepared. Is the Lord of C going to be home with you?

    • katechiconi says:

      Yup. We’ll pack the car with clothes, pills and some food and water in case anything happens to the house… Earplugs tonight, the wind is going to sound like the screams of the damned…

  5. claire93 says:

    batten down the hatches, and we’ll be crossing fingers

  6. ordinarygood says:

    Sending calming thoughts. We know the scream of 140km winds. Take great care.

  7. Fingers crossed for minimum damage and maximum safety.
    Let us know when it’s over! x

    • katechiconi says:

      They’re now suggesting it might go as high as a Cat. 5, so we’re preparing evacuation kit. It’ll hit at 7am tomorrow, with winds around 260 -300kmph. We may lose power for a couple of days, so don’t worry if you don’t hear straight away.

      • I’ve just checked and it looks like it’s heading further south so you are now out of the area of likely tracks – phew! Hopefully you will be able to stay put.

      • katechiconi says:

        Um, not really. The forecast track has been heading ever northwards all day. The original landfall site was Gladstone, now it’s St Lawrence. It has also slowed down, which means it will not move far from where it is now. We will certainly cop some extremely heavy duty weather, but we will bunker down in the garage rather than run the risk of venturing out. Also, it’s getting tighter and more focussed, and the intensity has gone up to Category 5, which is extremely damaging indeed. Much too soon for any sighs of relief. About 7am tomorrow our time, say 10pm your time should be when she strikes.

  8. Cicely says:

    Take care Kate. Sounds as if you’re well prepared and I’m glad husband of C is home with you. Praying you’ll be safe and sound and any damage will be minimal. x

  9. Anlina says:

    Gosh Kate, that is scary. Hope you have a safe haven in the house or close by. I know you haven’t been in the house long but they are just ‘things’. As long as you and hubby are safe, that is all that matters. Sneding positive energy your way! xo

    • katechiconi says:

      Actually, under the bedrooms, in the garage, it’s solid concrete with hardwood floors above and the bedrooms above that. We hole up in the car, we have plenty of fuel, can run the fridge, and we emerge when the howling demons of hell have passed by. That’s if she doesn’t change her mind AGAIN in the next few hours…

  10. Nanette says:

    Oh Kate, you know I’m with you all the way in spirit…..and everything else. From what I’ve been reading on Higgins once she crosses land and roars west wherever she’s passed will settle down to a low without the intensity, so by the time it hits me, hopefully you will have emerged unscathed….apart from the shed…adding my positive thoughts to everyone else’s, because I’m nervously anticipating now 😦

    • katechiconi says:

      With luck, passing us will take all the ginger out of her, and it’ll just be strong winds and rain by the time it reaches you! She’s slowed right down, so I’m going to hang on as long as I can to watch the updates.

  11. Jule says:

    Oooh, that sounds a little worse than the gales we had last year. You seem pretty prepared and I’m keeping my fingers crossed you won’t be hit too hard. Good luck!

  12. Prayers, hopes and virtual hugs are with you for sure. It looks pretty fearsom on Earthschool and Tropical Storm Risk websites. I’ll be thinking of you.

  13. Sandi Kirk says:

    Hi, We’re thinking of you in SW England. D O hope you weather the storm ok and looking forward to when you are ‘back’ to normal.

    we wish you well.

    Sandi Kirk xx

    Sent from my iPad

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    • katechiconi says:

      Thank you, that’s so kind. I must admit that although I’m a relative cyclone novice, there’s a certain peace of mind to having all preparations in place. Now it’s just a question of ‘what will be, will be’. Puts a bit of a kybosh on my normal activities, I must say!

  14. Kirsten says:

    I know you will stay safe, so I won’t say that, but I will be thinking of you. I hope there is not too much damage to fix once it is all over x

  15. Tracey R says:

    Thinking of you. Hope all is ok. xxx

    • katechiconi says:

      We’re prepared, stocked, tummies full of roast lamb and chocolate fudge brownie. Everything is either put away or strapped down, but I can’t do much about the shed… It’ll probably end up on the golf course across the highway. Earplugs when we go to bed, or there’ll be no sleep. Let’s see what tomorrow brings.

  16. Have been thinking of you all morning. Hope the storm decides to turn around and go fabric shopping in another country. 😊
    Hugs
    Esther

  17. mdlonnie says:

    How rude that Marcia has such evil thoughts about your stash!
    Hold tight to the ones you love. Thinking of you, and fingers crossed the damage is minimal. Dawn

    • katechiconi says:

      We’ve come through in one piece. There’s a flappy loose bit on the shed, but it’s still there. Lots of rain and wind, but that nasty Marcia’s backed off and headed south to interfere with the less well-prepared!

  18. lovelucie1 says:

    Goodness! I hope you our all OK.

  19. lucyannluna says:

    Hope every thing is ok. God bless
    LucyAnn & Luna

  20. There’s always another shed – I’d be happier to hear that you and Husband and house are all safe and sound.

    • katechiconi says:

      Then I’m delighted to be able to reassure you. She’s moving away, after a night of waltzing around keeping us guessing. She’ll hit further south very shortly, at Category 5, but in a much more deserted area, which is brilliant news. We’re still getting strong wind and lashing rain, but not the damage we feared.

  21. Nanette says:

    Morning Kate, hope your night’s been ok. Looks like Rocky will cop the brunt now, with you getting the backwash. Higgins says conditions for Mackay will ease pretty quickly once M makes landfall. Realise you might not have power or internet connection, but wanted to let you know I’m thinking of you, and sending lots of light up that way, for everyone, I feel for everyone waiting for landfall.

    • katechiconi says:

      Yup, we’ve got wind and lashing rain, but have survived the night intact, woo hoo! Still have power for now. Now we have to watch for flooding, what with the king tide, loads of rain and Mackay being so flat. She’s still a 5, and she’s speeded up a bit, so anything can happen, but I think we’re over the worst. Noisy night….

  22. ordinarygood says:

    Big phews for now. That is really good news! Nature is a powerful thing.

  23. EllaDee says:

    Have been watching the news, tracking the weather, hoping that as it appears you have dodged Marcia’s bullet… but feeling for those who are in its sights.

  24. Nanette says:

    I think she has Yeppoon in her sights, seems to travelling slower now

  25. kymlucas says:

    Saying a prayer for all of you down under. Feeling very grateful for the cold right now.

  26. Jule says:

    Glad you’re OK. 🙂

  27. Carole says:

    Glad to hear you’re ok. That must have been scary.

  28. That was close! Glad you are ok.

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