Pre Yasi

Well, am not sure what Queensland did to piss off mother nature, but she sure is mad right now. It has barely been a couple of weeks since Rockhampton down to Brisbane (a vast area of land) was flooded beyond recognition, and now a very serious category 5 storm is about to smash down on the North, with Cairns (my childhood home) as the main target.

 

Tweet #TCYasi for updates, unbelievable Nasa pics of the storm and more.

 

My friends are waking up to news that Tropical Cyclone Yasi is still on route, but worse, it’s intensified to a category 5. For those of you who are not familiar with cyclones and hurricanes, this is about as bad as it gets. Police updates are along the lines of, “this cyclone going to be extremely destructive, and will cause devastation over hundreds of kilometres of coastline and adjacent areas; it’s the worst seen in generations.”

 

This time my Dad is in the middle of it… And my dog, and several sets of our family and friends. Distressing and upsetting. I have been through these cyclones, and they can be merciless. Category 5 is to be feared though, and I am praying it turns around because it could destroy homes, lives, livelihoods…

 

Everything we own is stored in a house in the flood surge area, and I know it isn’t human life, but I have precious possessions dating back to childhood there, and I can’t even try to save them. I wish I could help my Dad take care of his business premises in the city, also in the storm and flood path; and my Auntie + the dogs…

 

Please turn around, scary cyclone.

 

Here is a message I just received from Cairns. Word on the street, if you will. Sums up the atmosphere very well:

 

 “It is eerily quiet here in Cairns- no revellers on the street. All the shops in the centre are at about the 3m surge line so we have lifted what we can off the ground as an added precaution but who knows how significant an issue it may be. Woolies is out of tinned spaghetti 🙁  Text messages only soon, to save battery. Watched on as four hercules aircraft medivaced about 200 patients from Cairns Base and 50 from the private to Brisbane last night! The latest forecast indicates Gordonvale/Innisfail about the same path as Cyclone Larry. I was talking to a guy today who is madly trying to pick his paw paws- his first crop since Larry. Just saw channel 7 take their OB unit from under the Casino- I think they are the only vehicle on the street now. The signature noise of the wind in the palms has just started, but reassuringly the council sprinklers have just come on……”

 

I guess next time I write here we will all know the outcome of what is a stressful waiting game for the next ten hours or so in Far North Queensland today.

 

Take care friends xx

Travel Tales

Wow, two posts from me in one day! Don’t you feel special?! 🙂

Found this posted online today, am pretty excited to be featured on SheGoes.com.au’s travel site this month: http://shegoes.com.au/travel-tales/travel-tales-sarah-blinco

 

~ Bye bye January, hello February! ~

This weekend I:

1. Learned some awesome journalistic tips and tricks from the brilliant Johanna Payton
2. Made a new friend from Barcelona who is going to teach me Spanish!
3. Discovered a fab £10 meal deal from Pasta Rossa (2nd floor Whiteleys Shopping Centre, W2 4YN) – if you live in the area, yummy!
4. Bused over to Wembley to support a junior soccer…oops, football game. The score was nill-all, but the passion was there. Good on you kids.
5. Drank far too much red wine… it was the weekend, after all.

Monday morning… time to work, d’oh.

SB x

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