Marcia is looking like the real deal. She's intensifying...and quickly.
She is currently being classified as a category 2 cyclone.
Queensland (my home State) is bracing for its worst weather event in two years Cyclone Marcia approaching, bringing with it the threat of wind and rainfall reminiscent of those that brought devastation in the 2011 floods, and again in 2012. Beaches are closed. There's talk of 600mm of rain expected to fall in coming days along with high winds and flash flooding. Cyclone Marcia is expected to cross the Queensland coast on Friday morning.
My lil family reside in Brisbane, an idyllic location at the lower end of a leafy green cul-de-sac with a creek bordering 2 sides. However when it rains heavily/constantly (like it surely will) we flood. We live in a high set home. The top level remains high and dry, the bottom level not so. Downstairs has been sand bagged (Heartpoet picked up pre-filled bags from our local SES Tuesday in anticipation). I am so glad he had the foresight to do so as there would be a long line up for sand bags today I imagine. It's now a matter of battening down the hatches. There is a real eerie feel in the air today. Like the shit is about to hit the fan. The calm before the storm. Drought or flood with no in-between for us Queenslanders *sigh*....
*Update: Since posting Marcia has been upgraded to Category 3.
*Further update: Marcia has now been upgraded to Category 4. Look after yourselves Queenslanders!
SEVERE TROPICAL CYCLONE MARCIA LIKELY TO CROSS THE CENTRAL COASTLINE AS A CATEGORY 5 SYSTEM