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Cape York News #020 -- Weipa Likely in for a Cyclone, Road Closed, Updates
March 08, 2014

Hi everyone,

The Tropical Low that had formed in the northern Gulf of Carpentaria yesterday, turned into a tropical cyclone this afternoon.

It's now heading towards the western coast of Cape York, and predicted to make landfall between Weipa and Aurukun.


In This Issue

• Cyclone Gillian

• Updates

• Feedback Always Welcome



This is the reality we live in during the cyclone season.

You don't know about a cyclone more than a few days ahead.

Cyclone Gillian formed today and is predicted to hit the coast in two days time, on 10. March 2014.

Here is what my friend wrote to me from Weipa tonight:

All good here; been working today and the rain started about 4.30pm along with a bit of wind, but nothing more than we have had lately.

Everyone is getting cyclone prepped, and the store was packed along with petrol stations - why people haven't already got stuff at home ahead of a cyclone, I will never understand!!

Last minute panic buying as always.

It's only expected to be a Cat 1/2 with up to 150K winds - a little less than we went through with Yasi, so not being overly anxious at this stage, although I guess if you are new to town and new to a cyclone, then can understand, cause I did the same before Yasi!!

I will be working tomorrow, so will see how it goes then.

At the moment, light rain, but tomorrow will see what happens.

This is where you can follow this cyclone (link deleted once BOM removed the page)


The road update is that the Peninsula Developmental is closed, with Archer River seven metres above the causeway - you can just imagine how different Cape York is during the Wet Season!

My friend from Weipa added: Roads are closed, but people still going to Penne up Mapoon Road, which is passable with potholes I believe.

My own updates: Yep the Wet season has come to the stage I cannot wait it to be over.

But I have been strong through it, working hard on updating the pages on the website (still more than half to go for this overhaul), and preparing myself for the big job ahead in April - the price updates in the Destination Guide.

You do not need to wait until April if you want to buy the guide - the updated version will be available for you once it's ready.

I really appreciate any kind of feedback on the Destination Guide.

Please let me know if you enjoyed it while planning before the trip, and while using the information once on the trip.

If you get any questions about anything, please feel welcome to contact me.

That's all for this time - happy planning everyone :-)


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