Some of us on the AMI, med. llust. list today have been bantering and
lamenting the big storm in the USA, but also have been mindful of your
floods, followed by this huge storm, Yasi.
I went through Hurricane Andrew in Miami, FL in 1992, which was nowhere
near a match for Katrina, but certainly fear-inducing enough. My dad,
from 2 wks. old grew up in Miami, and as many years went by without a
big storm like the one in 1935 that turned a railroad line into the
Florida Keys into spaghetti, worried about those who had never seen what
something like a similar storm might do. I can remember people on Miami
Beach in the 70's and 80's, when being interviewed about whether they
were worried about hurricanes would say "oh, they don't happen any more!".
I now live the NW of the USA in Montana and we do have our trials, too.
Snow followed by rain etc, , etc, but living anywhere in any climate you
will at some time be faced with adversity.
All that aside, if there is anything we can do to help, please let us know.
> Dear All,
> My best wishes to all of you affected by the huge storm in the
> USA. I hope you are all safe. Trudy tells me the US is getting almost no
> news about anything except Egypt. In case some of you have heard about the
> huge category 5 storm bearing down on Queensland, we are well south of it
> but are very worried about friends and relatives.
> The storm is a low category 5 but has the potential to intensify further
> before it hits the coast. It is heading for the city of Cairns but is so
> huge that the cities of Townsville, 175 miles south, and Mt Isa 700 miles
> inland will experience category 2 winds and about a metre of rain in 24
> hours. The rain system will go across the country and drench South Australia
> and parts of flood ravaged Victoria. Storm surge on the coast of North
> Queensland could be 5 metres. There will be 10 hours of destructive winds,
> an hour in the eye and then another 10 hours of winds. Winds are just rising
> now in Cairns which is 1000 miles north of here, even though it is in the
> same state. The satellite images look just like the ones I remember on TV
> when Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans during our 2005 stay in DC.
> The weather bureau is saying this cyclone "is likely to be more life
> threatening than any experienced during recent generations".
> Luckily for flood-ravaged Brisbane where I live, little of the rain is
> likely to get to us. That said my work place, the Queensland Museum South
> Bank and indeed most of the Queensland Cultural Centre, remains closed till
> at least next week. I am stuck at home using up my recreation leave, of
> which I luckily have plenty.
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