The unwanted visitor

That Debbie, she’s a pain in the backside.

Just before midnight, it became clear she had turned slightly, and we weren’t going to cop the worst of it after all. We went to bed at midnight, after checking the Bureau track map. It had been a long and tiring day. After 4 hours, we abandoned sleep. The pressure had plummeted, the wind speed had risen to a quiet scream, the rain was hurling itself at the front of the house like a crazed axe murderer. After a brief foray outside to the circuit box to throw one of the trip switches back on, the Husband reported that all was secure and dry inside. So we’re back on track watching. We know how lucky we are. Wind speeds on Hamilton Island are currently 187kmph/116mph…

I don’t know if you’re graph and chart enthusiasts. I am, I love a graphic representation of data. And this is ‘my’ cyclone, so I get to show the pictures. Below are charts showing rainfall and pressure/wind speed. You can see how the increasing wind speed correlates with the continuous drop in pressure associated with a cyclone. It’s going to get a lot lower and the wind gusts a LOT harder before we’re done.

Here’s where TC Debbie is sitting right now

So, it’s been pretty windy and wet, but the worst is still to come. I’m very glad neither of us has to be anywhere else today. For one thing, a bit more sleep would have been good, but nature’s sound effects put paid to that! I’m grateful that we were able to sleep in our own bed instead of on a strange floor somewhere. I’m grateful the roof over our head is holding on, and that we still have power. But most of all, I’m grateful not to be in Bowen tonight…

I’ll be updating this post as the morning progresses, so check in later for more news. Meanwhile, so long from the pointy end…



34 thoughts on “The unwanted visitor

  1. Conor Bofin says:

    My thoughts with you Kate. I have read some of the reports and it looks to be a horrendous storm. Stay warm and dry.

    • katechiconi says:

      I think that although we’re in its path, we’ll escape the very worst of it. I do wish Himself upstairs would modify the sound effects though. It’s hard to sleep through wind that’s screaming like the damned….

  2. I’d hate to be further north but it looks bad enough where you are. Happy that you both can stay home and ride it out together ♡

    • katechiconi says:

      I agree, I’m pretty pleased not to be sitting through this alone! Can you imagine if the Husband had to be out on the road driving a double fuel tanker in this? I’m sure they’d like to make him go if they could, but the fuel terminals have all closed for the duration, so he can’t load.

  3. Thinking of you.

    • katechiconi says:

      Thank you 🙂 It’s a bit of a stressful time, wondering if a tree is going to fall on the house, or some flying debris will take out our windows. So far, though, so good…

  4. Thanks for the update. Jim and I have both been wondering how you’re doing.

  5. Jule says:

    Thinking of you, too. ❤️

  6. tialys says:

    Time for sleep here now so I’ll check up on you in my morning. Thank goodness you’re both home together – keep on doing what you’re doing to stay safe. Xx

  7. dayphoto says:

    I’ve been reading some of the reports and it looks to be a terrible terrible storm. I’m so glad your husband is with you….AND he is NOT ON THE ROAD!

    Fingers, toes, arms, legs, eyes crossed for you and prayers being said!

  8. anne54 says:

    Good morning Kate, I have been following the news on ABC TV and thinking of you. It seems like your unwanted visitor has slowed down, but still huge winds and large amounts of rain. So all good wishes heading your way from down south. xxx

    • katechiconi says:

      She’s a slow old monster, and I’m just grateful that she detoured towards Bowen instead of staying on course towards Mackay. The wind is frightful, the rain very heavy, but we are in good shape so far. A few more hours before the main event arrives, and after that we can look forward to the clear up… Good wishes gratefully received 🙂

  9. Thimberlina says:

    Glad to hear she changed her course enough for you to miss the worst bit, though still sounds horrendous. Thinking if you, but really can’t imagine having such strong winds. We might not get the best weather here, but we don’t get the worst either. Keep safe xx

    • katechiconi says:

      No, well, when I was living in England this sort of thing would have been outside my experience too… I’ve learned to live with extremes! She’s not too far off now, and hopefully it’ll be over soon.

  10. Is it over yet? Or have you lost your signal.. c

    • katechiconi says:

      No, it’s still going… and going… and going. The leading edge won’t arrive for about 3 more hours. So far, we still have power and water, but friends on the north side of town are out. Wind’s gusting up to 96kph or about 60mph now, it’ll get stronger and I’m hoping the taping will hold up or the glass will go and the water will be everywhere.

  11. nettyg says:

    Still hanging in with you, landfall at Hamilton but the mainland still has a couple of hours to wait. I watched a video…..well, listened more as there was only driving rain to see……..and the noise of that wind was unbelievable……..such an eerie screeching sound, quite scary! What are you doing while you wait……sewing, a jigsaw maybe, playing mah jong? And how’s the cat coping? Definitely ‘no’ to windows breaking and water joining you inside!

    • katechiconi says:

      We still have power, so are glued to our laptops and following the news, charts, graphs, storm chasing. In between, I’m cooking and doing some embroidery.
      The cat is entirely indifferent to the weather and insisted on spending the night outside, refusing to come in when we tried to get her to come back. She’s inside now, with a tummy full of food, but I expect a demand to be let out in a few hours. I’m not complaining, it means I don’t have to clear out the kitty litter…
      We have a constant rumble of wind, like a truck or train, and I get a bit nervous when the windows on the sea-facing side of the house twang and flex, but they’re well taped and the blinds, flyscreens and curtains are all closed. Lots of flying palm fronds, lots of branches down off the local gum trees. Couple more hours and things should ease when she makes landfall.

  12. magpiesue says:

    My but this storm is taking its own sweet time! At least once it crosses land it’ll lose strength. Do they expect it to swing back out to sea or dissipate over land? Can’t believe the cat didn’t want to come in!

    • nettyg says:

      It’s going to do a little right turn, Sue, then head overland to the south east and dump a whole lot of water along the way, with a risk of flooding in lots of areas………then on me, 1000kms away. We’re already on flood watch from tomorrow. She’s a busy lady!

      • katechiconi says:

        She’ll be dumping a load in central and SE Queensland first; they reckon the area around Clermont will be getting a soaking. By the time she gets there she’ll be a Low and by the time the weather reaches you I hope she’ll be a lot less vicious!

  13. kathyreeves says:

    Seriously, is you cat part tiger?!😮 So glad that you are still OK and things are hopefully getting ready to slow down. Still praying!

  14. I hope you are finally getting some rest. I imagine sitting for a cat during a cyclone would be educational. They are quite sensitive to atmospheric pressures, etc.

    • katechiconi says:

      You’d never know it from her. She has slept placidly through the whole thing, only waking up to be let out, or talking loudly to let us know she’s hungry or wants strokies.

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