Tropical Cyclone Marcia, that is.
She’s currently making herself felt as a Category 1 about 250km (150 miles) off the coast of Mackay. She’ll be heading southwest, working herself up as she goes, and is forecast to be a Category 2 by the time she hits the coast.
The track is now slightly further north than the last forecast, which means we’re at the northern-most edge of the blow. It’ll be loud, wet and windy. We may lose power. There will certainly be flooding in Mackay, as all this activity is combined with a king tide and flood water won’t be able to get away easily. Near the epicentre, winds will be gusting up to 150kmph (90mph), at a conservative guess.
Next forecast is 8.00am. I’ve been watching since about 4.00am – the Husband is out there driving a double tanker with 51,000 litres of diesel, and I worry – but the track hasn’t changed significantly apart from moving a fraction north. Anything can happen. She can blow herself out, switch direction suddenly or get worse. Over the next few hours, unsurprisingly, I’ll be glued to the BoM website; the action is slow but the news is fascinating!
This time tomorrow, we’ll be entertaining Miss Marcia. Should certainly be an interesting visit…