Cyclone Ita did turn into a severe one
- it means not only that anybody camping in the area should know where
to shelter, but also that it will very likely stuff the plans of many
April travellers, and the later travellers
of this year will see some significant cyclone damage unless we
are saved by an unpredicted miracle.
In This Issue:
• Ita Category Three and Predicted to Be Four When Hitting the Coast
• Feedback Always Welcome
CATEGORY THREE AND PREDICTED TO BE FOUR WHEN HITTING THE COAST
This is not our average
Cat 1 that we
are used to: http://www.bom.gov.au/cyclone/index.shtml (link deleted once BOM removed the page)
This cyclone is in the class with the
infamous Yasi (2011) and Larry (2006) - the ones that rip the
roofs, devastate the rainforests and flatten the banana fields.
It is still a few days away, things could happen, but by the sounds of
it the chances now are not so big.
We have been lucky up here, all the big ones have happened south of us,
and locally this has even created some false thinking that
'big cyclones go south' even though, in
line with Darwin, we are in no way outside the cyclone belt.
So all we can do now is to get ready
hammered and hope it's not our roof...
For travellers this means get to a town and get to a shelter if camping
out there; expect very possible
floods and closed roads if you planned to come up shortly; and
the travellers later this season will see cyclone damage unless a
miracle stops it.
Yasi and Larry left behind some extensive
damage not only in form of ripped roofs but also many
homes flattened, and dense green rainforests turned into heaps of bare
brown tree skeletons.
It looked like a war zone and you
will most likely see it on the landscape this
It looks by all means that this is a disaster knocking on our door, but
we still have a few days to go and some hope that this far into April
the ocean waters
would be cool enough to unpower this beast (and it doesn't sound like that when
listening to our radio!).
Fingers cross and I will keep you
IN THE DESTINATION GUIDE
The price updates in the Destination Guide
are going ahead cyclone or not.
It has slowed them a bit, and with the cyclone so close I don't want to
promise or predict, but I will not
I really appreciate any kind of feedback
on the Destination Guide.
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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