Stay safe. We are all inside watching the wind blow snow. Holly
> [Original Message]
> From: Geoff Thompson <[log in to unmask]>
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> Date: 2/2/2011 2:59:30 PM
> Subject: [SCIART] OT Now we have our own Katrina-sized storm
> Dear All,
> My best wishes to all of you affected by the huge storm in
> 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
> 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
> 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
> at least next week. I am stuck at home using up my recreation leave, of
> which I luckily have plenty.
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