March 21st 2010
All's well on Magnetic Island
For our many off-shore readers Magnetic Times is happy to report that Tropical Cyclone Ului, which crossed the coast last night near Proserpine, has completely missed Magnetic Island and, at least for your editor, a good night's sleep was had.
We do of course hope our friends in the cyclone-affected Whitsunday/Mackay region the very best - particularly with the threat of flooding in the area.
As a measure of the concern that, for us, has now disappeared an email from a regular reader, Martin Gibson of Nelly Bay reads.
"Awoke this morning to get a telephone call from my sister in Essex asking if we were still alive after being hit by THE cyclone? Then, upon checking my emails received this from my sister in Auckland.
According to our news reports Mackay to Townsville have been declared disaster areas.
"Where does this crap come from?" Martin asks, adding, "Don't know about you but we have just had the best three days in all summer- nice and cool." and, "Just to put your mind at rest I have declared the cyclone season FINISHED. We have packed away all our cyclone shutters etc."
Upon further investigation it looks like the "D D" (disaster declaration) words came from our Emergency Services Minister Neil Roberts, whom ABC news yesterday reported, had said it was a necessary precaution. ABC noted, "The pre-emptive disaster declaration, which allows for mandatory evacuations, applies the Townsville, Burdekin, Whitsunday, Charters Towers, Mackay, Isaac, Rockhampton and Central Highlands local government areas." For the full story (click here).
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