It just so happens that this is exactly where my beautiful little Valley is - 20 kms south of Cairns. Heaven help us!
The patients at Cairns Base Hospital have been evacuated to Brisbane via RAAF Hercules and 30,000 residents in low lying coastal suburbs are being evacuated in readiness for a 4 metre storm surge. It is seriously scary stuff! I have lived in Far North Queensland my entire life and have weathered many cyclones (including Cyclone Larry which devastated Innisfail 5 years ago) however "Yasi" has me VERY worried.
We have finalised all our pre cyclone preparations; removed any potential "missiles" around the garden; filled our bathtub with water; stocked up on non perishables; etc. etc. There is nothing else for us to do now but wait. How I hate the waiting........
This was my beautiful Valley this afternoon. So calm and serene. It seems so hard to believe that beyond those mountains a destructive storm is brewing.
We are hoping for a miracle.
Hoping that once it hits the Great Barrier Reef it will do a right hand turn and track towards more remote areas on the Cape.
Hoping that our beautiful little piece of paradise will be spared.
Stay safe everyone.