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    Just thought I'd let those know who may not have heard, I got some bloooooody wild weather heading straight at me.
    My landline phone is already down so I don't know if I'm going to lose this net line also.
    Chris, Gerry, Craig & Shane, if you need to contact me do you still have my mobile number?

    Looks as though things might get a bit interesting later tonight & as I live on one of the most exposed parts of the coast it could get really bloody rough.

    From the Dept Meteorology..


    "TOP PRIORITY
    SEVERE WEATHER WARNING
    Issued by the Bureau of Meteorology, Brisbane
    at 4:45pm EST on Thursday the 4th of March 2004

    for coastal and island communities and the adjacent mountain areas between Town
    of 1770 and Coolangatta.

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    A DANGEROUS SITUATION IS EXPECTED TO DEVELOP ON FRIDAY AS A LOW MOVES TOWARDS
    THE SOUTH QUEENSLAND COASTLINE AND DEEPENS.

    Destructive wind gusts to 130 km/h are expected to develop early on Friday
    between about Town of 1770 and the Sunshine Coast gradually extending southwards
    to the Gold Coast during the day. Conditions will abate from the north as well.


    The combination of large ocean swells and the high tide Friday morning will
    produce water levels above the highest tide of the year between Fraser Island
    and the Sunshine Coast leading to some flooding of low lying areas close to the
    shoreline. People should also keep out of the water whilst these large ocean
    swell persist.

    Heavy rains are likely with some local flooding.

    People between Town of 1770 and Coolangatta should secure outside items, take
    any necessary precautions and listen to the next warning which will be issued at
    8pm tonight."


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    Alan, better start drinking now.. wouldn't want that home brew to go to waste.

    Good luck up there matey sounds like it going to be wild, I have your home and mobile numbers, take care "batten down the hatches, splice the mainbrace me hearties"

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    Already got into her thanks mate; keeping it in the freezer in case the power shuts down.

    At present it's like a pressure cooker; not as bad as some I've been in & we're into the eye I'd reckon as it's so still outside it wouldn't blow a match out at present.
    Expect this to change radically in the next couple of hours though....after it leaves us,....heading your way, so better stock up & if it's half as bad as they keep telling us, might pay to visit the local grog shop tonight as you ain't goin' ta werk temorra!!


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    Hey Allan,

    Hope your ok they said the coast wil get 130Kph winds!

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    It was windy here in Brissy all day, & really all week, but is very still at the moment, just a few sprinkles of rain every so often.
    A cyclone can only form if the sea temp is above 26.5 c so if the low is just off the coast from you it probably won't get to strength
    What's the water temp?
    I heard the low is off New Caledonia so you never know..

    If you think you are safe from TC's down south, have a geezer at this interesting time line...

    one to note, Jan 1950:
    4 lives lost in NSW from cyclone including girl swept by storm surge and waves off Esplanade at Cronulla, a boy electrocuted by fallen power lines at Gordon in Sydney.

    http://www.australiasevereweather.co...-eastcoast.htm

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    Can't give you the water temp right now, but from what I've seen & we've been told to expect, that may not be such a hard task in the morning.
    The fish farm down the road have been dismantling tanks & covers all day and it looks as though they'll lose their dams in the morning with the King Tide.
    We've gone through the 'deathly silence' phase & she's just starting to blow up now.
    Been through a few cyclones; they reckon this isn't one but it sure has all the stage props for one, complete with spooked birds & animals and wild seas.
    The local Council have already set up emergency lines for all the Southerners taking it one of two ways; sheer panic or coming the layed back approach trying to convince themselves it ain't gunna happen. It's when it does & reality sets in they become a hysterical menace!!

    Latest warnings still being broadcast:

    http://www.bom.gov.au/cgi-bin/wrap_fwo.pl?IDQ20032.txt



    I'm about to hit the sack in case I end up wandering about chasing freaked out animals half the bloody night.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alan S
    The fish farm down the road have been dismantling tanks & covers all day and it looks as though they'll lose their dams in the morning with the King Tide....
    Alan, get the tennis racquets out, might be able to catch tomorrows dinner...

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    ahh sh*t Alan!!

    i thought you were giving us a Pauline Hanson type "if you are seeing this video i am dead" type message, going by the name of the thread!!

    I know youve had a few disagreements, but it cant all be that bad can it??
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    'fraid 'tis at present.
    Tops of trees getting very close to the ground, Fraser Island almost totally evacuated & most of the National & Tourist parks been emptied out.

    Here's the current warning; it's heading straight at us.
    Our best hope is that it goes down the outside of Fraser Island because if it comes inside there will be a disaster of mammoth proportions...and that ain't no exagerration!!

    http://www.bom.gov.au/cgi-bin/wrap_fwo.pl?IDQ20032.txt

    See the two yellow patches here? I'm smack in the middle of them.


    http://mirror.bom.gov.au/products/IDR083.shtml


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    Here's a good pic of the system:



    Getting pretty blowy here now too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gibgib
    Here's a good pic of the system:



    Getting pretty blowy here now too.
    Terrible here.... No wind, clear skys, low 20's .... Gee's it a bloody trial having to live with this sort of weather

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    Don't get too smug sunshine; it's heading in your general direction.
    My place is now flooded, the caravan has been blown to bits and I am almost isolated, so if that happens to me in anarea we have planned for this kind of weather, think what it'll be like down your way.
    But of happy news too; phone went down Thursday & they tell us we will get it back sometime after April 5th.

    What was that they say about privatisation of Testra due to 'excellent Regional services??'


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    any updates on the gorgeous queensland weather

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    Queensland weather?

    Yeah, continues as normal... beautiful one day, lousy the next.

    Wife tells me the dog was scratching at the door all night wanting in. Nephew is an RACQ patrolman on the Gold Coast, he was working in bare feet ("I hate wet boots!") and had fifteen jobs in the same time he often has five.

    In the meantime, most of NSW seems to be getting a bath... I'm in Goulburn and I'm sure a lot of farmers are watching as their dams rise visibly at the moment...

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    Nice day today; problem is we're too busy cleaning up to see much of it.
    Next drama due within 24 hours when Insurance assessor arrives; amazing how much the policy covers when they're selling it to you & how little as soon as you make a claim.


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    Just remember this, Alan...

    When they start talking about it being an 'Act of God', get them to show you the passage in the bible that mentions your property specifically.

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    Al

    Did you drive a truck through a black cat farm earlier this year? You really are having a bad trot of late. It can only get better we hope.

    Hope the cleanup goes well and you can beat the insurance assessor into submission. Does this mean the fridge raider and co are now living in the house?

    Dad and Marge are down here at present but so far no word from the neighbours etc on any damage. I suspect probably no damage at their place then.
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    They possibly fared better than us because of their location; on the other side of Town and surrounded by houses as opposed to sitting on a bit of a rise looking straight down its throat and within sight (2 Klms or so as the crow flies) from the place that recorded the highest wind gusts in the place (ie) the Boat Harbour.
    When I rang the Insurance company they told me that they had all staff working plus 30 casuals and that was just one insurance company. They also reckon they have assessors here all weekend sio there must be a fair bit of damage around the place...and yes, the "fridge raider" is here, hence the total bloody chaos that someone who lives in his own fantasy world can cause.

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    saw parts of the damage on the news

    not a pretty sight

    hope none of your crew are hurt

    buildings and such can be replaced
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    So can the stuff in the fridge, incidentally...

    Just add money!

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    I logged off suddenly last night farily early. Know why??
    Coz it 'issed down and blew again. I don't believe it. Haven't been over to the garage yet but from all the water running down the paddock, I'll lay bloody quids on it being full of water again..

    I'm sure there's more to life than cleaning up after bloody flash floods.

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