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Cyclone Debbie forces coastal evacuations in north Queensland
This is shaping up to be a real walloper. First one of the season for Queensland, which is unusually late this year.

Cyclone Debbie forces coastal evacuations in north Queensland

Short version is it's ramping up as it gets into warmer water nearer the coast. Currently Cat 2. Expected to reach Cat 3 overnight, and upper end of Cat 4 by the time it hits the coast on Tuesday. It's big too. Townsville to Mackay is 390 km (about 240 miles).
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Good luck.

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Way north of me. Bit of a worry for the banana benders though.
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North of me. Will prolly just get a lot of rain.
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Meh. Rain. :p Had nuff. Do not want.

Bloody wet season has been really late this year.
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It's pretty sunny over here these days, folks. But I'd rather be elsewhere.


(OK, maybe not in the middle of a cyclone)
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don't worry.  in the southern hemisphere, rain falls up, not down

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don't worry.  in the southern hemisphere, rain falls up, not down
Yeah but the Earth is up down there too, so the rain still hits the ground. I know coz I've seen it. :p
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Anyway Debbie is now up to Cat 4, with winds around the eye getting fucking ridiculous. She has apparently decided to come ashore at lunchtime, smack on top of Bowen. Should keep them entertained.

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Comment on the ABC blog: "Hamilton Island - beautiful one day, cyclonic the next." :parrot:

(They've had gusts of 260 kph).
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That's scary. have a couple Queenslander poster friends I hope post before long.

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I'm bloody glad I'm a long way from it. Hopefully everyone got somewhere solid. Any silly buggers who thought "She'll be right, mate" are probably getting free flying lessons right about now.
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I've experienced exactly one severe hurricane in my life and I wouldn't repeat it for money.

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We visited Ausloth a while back [bet they are glad they are in NZ now]. We were thinking of getting a flat on Airlie Beach!  :sadcheer:
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I was going to make a "Debbie Does Darwin" joke, but its the wrong side of the pointy bits at the top.
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Cyclone Debbie has been downgraded to a category one system after crossing the north Queensland coast.
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I've experienced exactly one severe hurricane in my life and I wouldn't repeat it for money.
My parents had to evacuate 4 times one year.  They're like a mile from the ocean, so they take it seriously.

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Hurricane Donna was the worst , and I've been through dozens. 
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I've experienced exactly one severe hurricane in my life and I wouldn't repeat it for money.
My parents had to evacuate 4 times one year.  They're like a mile from the ocean, so they take it seriously.
The news last night had footage of silly fuckers on the beach in Mackay as Debbie was coming towards them. I was wondering how they went.
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Cyclone Debbie has been downgraded to a category one system after crossing the north Queensland coast.
Yup. It was headed more or less straight inland, meaning the power source gets turned off, so they expected it to moderate overnight.

The resulting depression is gradually heading down the coast, so lotsa rain for the rest of us.
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Debbie's Silver Lining: Cooler Waters and Less Coral Reef Damage

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Though the wave action from Tropical Cyclone Debbie likely caused some destruction of fragile corals along portions of Australia's Great Barrier Reef, that wondrous natural site is likely to experience a net benefit from the passage of Debbie. The cooling effect of the storm on near record-warm summer waters that were besieging the reef will help reduce coral mortality from the reef's ongoing coral bleaching event. By raising global temperatures overall, human-produced climate change has led to especially sharp oceanic warming during El Niño events. The result has been three global coral bleaching events: the first in 1998, the second in 2010, and the third beginning in 2015. That event is still under way-- the longest, most widespread, and most damaging on record, according to NOAA.

Preliminary satellite data (Figure 5) showed that Debbie's passage had already cooled waters near the coast of Australia by up to 2°C on Monday, and additional cooling has occurred since that time. This amount of cooling may be enough to stop widespread coral bleaching and die-off along central portions of the Great Barrier Reef.
Well, that's something.
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