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Cape York News #024 - Cyclone Ita Category Five and a More Personal Report
April 10, 2014

Hi everyone,

As you likely know from the news by now, cyclone Ita started the day as a cat three this morning (Thursday), then turned into a cat four and then quickly into a cat five.

I can not believe where we are only four days after our fun boat ride on Annan River last Sunday.


In This Issue

• Ita Category Five and Our Story So Far

• Feedback Always Welcome



I am gobsmacked at what has happened during the past few days.

On last Sunday we were having a fun day on Annan River, taking the boat out, taking pics of wild crocs and fishing.

Back home that night I did my usual cyclone check online, not expecting much but April is still the season.

When I saw Ita, (realising it had been around the whole day we were on the Annan), when I saw it as a cat one and predicted to become a cat three, when I saw its location and its direction - I was in a shock.

I would much rather we have a cyclone in the level with us than north of us, because they too often do that southwards movement towards the end of their track.

I said this is not looking good, it will be a cat five and we will end up in it.

I may have missed some, but from my experience I don't remember seeing a cyclone ending up as a cat four - for some reason once they are cat four they do turn into a cat five.

And all the coming days were only confirming it all more and more.

Four days after finding out about Ita we are having all our outdoor furniture and everything else that was in the yard - that fitted through the door - inside the house, it's almost impossible to move around inside, we have our windows taped, cyclone kits prepared, the boat floor filled with water and tied up, the car and the caravan hooked up and tied up...

And we only finished now - 1am into the Friday 11 of April.

I did not even have the time to eat (or appetite to tell you the truth), or write the newsletter about Ita turning into the most scary cat five earlier today.

It is mind boggling. There are cyclones and there are cyclones. I was close enough to Larry and Yasi when they happened, but I have never been this close to being in the eye of a Cat Five.

We can only see what tomorrow brings and I will keep you updated at the next opportunity.

We do have generators and I will be able to finalise the price updates in the Destination Guide even if we loose the roof.

Good luck to us!!!


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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