Hmmm… it would be nice if our national networks (including CNN and FOX) would pay more attention to our strongest wartime ally. It turns out that Cyclone Larry is bearing down on the northeast part of Australia (Queensland) where the resort city of Cairns is located — the stepping off point to the Great Barrier Reef. All of my information comes from blog-ally Tim Blair in Australia.
It is now early morning of Monday, March 20 in Australia… and here’s some of the latest on what appears to be the most devastating storm in 35 years to hit that continent:
The VERY DESTRUCTIVE CORE of SEVERE TROPICAL CYCLONE LARRY with EXTREME GUSTS of approximately 280 km/hr should cross the coast near INNISFAIL between 7am and 9am MONDAY MORNING. GALES are already being experienced along the exposed coast
in the warning area and DESTRUCTIVE winds are expected to commence along the coast between INGHAM and PORT DOUGLAS in the next hour or so.
Coastal residents between Cairns and Cardwell are specifically warned of the dangerous storm tide as the cyclone crosses the coast. The sea is likely to steadily rise up to a level which will be significantly above the normal tide, with damaging waves, strong currents and flooding of low-lying areas extending some way inland.
RESIDENTS in far north Queensland are bracing for Cyclone Larry, expected to be the worst storm to hit the area in decades.
Thousands of residents last night fled the state’s far north as authorities compared the violent storm to America’s Hurricane Katrina. Mandatory evacuations have been enforced in numerous low-lying seafront areas, including in the Johnstone and Cardwell shires, expected to bear the brunt of the cyclone and its 4m storm surge. In addition to the evacuation of island resorts in the path of the cyclone, emergency authorities have also warned residents in low-lying areas between Cairns and Townsville to “seriously consider” leaving.
God Bless to our fellow patriots in the great nation and continent of Australia. Our prayers are with you here in the States!