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#1125481 - 07/09/2012 19:07 Re: Cyclone Information/Advice [Re: RoadkillNZ]
SBT Offline
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Registered: 07/02/2007
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Tape is dead easy to get off windows RD - eucalyptus oil will get just about anything sticky off glass and has plenty of uses as an antiseptic, soothes insect bites, is a general purpose cleaner, geckoes, spiders, cockroaches and ticks hate it and as a pleasant deodouriser. You can also bathe your kids in it (djust on't get it in their eyes though).

Not only is having decent emergeny equipment like generators available but everyone in the house (not just Dad) needs to know how to start, stop and refil them well before any cyclone arrives.
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#1125493 - 07/09/2012 19:54 Re: Cyclone Information/Advice [Re: SBT]
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Registered: 29/11/2009
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I taped my windows before Yasi and definitely regret it afterwards grin

In reality all the tape is doing is helping prevent the window from flexing too much, but it doesn't help much at all seeing as the tape just stretches with the glass.

I had a manhole cover come loose during Yasi, in reality leaving it in or taking it out isn't gonna make much difference. Only difference being taking it out, it can't fall to the ground and snap like mine did smile

Also one thing I forgot to check was that the front door was deadlocked into the floor and roof, the damn thing blew open during Yasi and scattered leaves and water right through the house. Not an issue with single doors though, as the frame prevents them fro moving, but with double doors they can bend inwards and disengage the latch. Even for the 30 seconds or so it was open, it looked like someone had lifted the roof off and dumped a weeks worth of gardening waste in.

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#1126395 - 13/09/2012 09:15 Re: Cyclone Information/Advice [Re: Things]
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http://www.bom.gov.au/climate/ahead/tc.shtml For those wanting teh seasonal forecast for the 2012/13 cyclone season you will have to wait until mid to late October for the forecast. Link is for the page where it will be displayed.
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#1151018 - 19/12/2012 15:35 Re: Cyclone Information/Advice [Re: SBT]
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After viewing my interest in Cyclone Evan, a colleague, recently arrived from South Africa was asking me about cyclones and the areaís most prone in Qld. I printed off the BOMs past track image and based on that produced this simple graphic to help illustrate the areaís most likely to see one.

I know itís not 100% correct, but I reckon its pretty close.

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#1151068 - 19/12/2012 17:55 Re: Cyclone Information/Advice [Re: Things]
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Registered: 17/11/2012
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Loc: Trinity Beach - Cairns
Originally Posted By: Things
I taped my windows before Yasi and definitely regret it afterwards grin

In reality all the tape is doing is helping prevent the window from flexing too much, but it doesn't help much at all seeing as the tape just stretches with the glass.


I always thought we taped windows to limit the amount of flying broken glass debris if a window happened to blow in.
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#1151075 - 19/12/2012 18:15 Re: Cyclone Information/Advice [Re: Jason Tempest]
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Registered: 25/03/2007
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If something's going to hit the window it's going to break and shatter glass everywhere anyway. Especially when it hits at 150-300kmhr. So many houses and businesses locally still have tape up for yasi, it ruins the windows eventually, unless you used some hardcore glass cleaner or degreaser you may be able to get it out, but you would stuff the glass.

Same goes for this myth. If I ever see anyone else to give someone on these forums to keep a window open to "let your house Breath" I will lose it smile

Probably the most dangerous thing you could do.

KEEP ALL WINDOWS CLOSED AND ALL DOORS/MANHOLES. Your house will naturally change pressure through the roof and crevices.
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#1160378 - 19/01/2013 12:23 Re: Cyclone Information/Advice [Re: Dawgggg]
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Registered: 30/11/2012
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Loc: Karratha, WA
Was hoping someone could explain to me the different warning systems they have in place? Being from WA, we have Blue (prepare) Yellow (work & bottleshop closes) Red (cyclone imminent, stay inside). How does this compare everywhere else?

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#1160423 - 19/01/2013 14:17 Re: Cyclone Information/Advice [Re: Leelee]
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As far as I know, the system of blue yellow and red alerts applies only in WA, those alerts being issued by the State Emergency Service in that state. The emergency services of other states (and the NT)have apparently never chosen to implement that type of system, so we just have the system of warnings and watches used by the Bureau of Meteorology (details of which are on the BoM website)

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#1160502 - 19/01/2013 17:30 Re: Cyclone Information/Advice [Re: Rainy Night]
Leelee Offline
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Registered: 30/11/2012
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Loc: Karratha, WA
So how do you guys know when to knock off? Or is up to your works discretion?

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#1160527 - 19/01/2013 18:08 Re: Cyclone Information/Advice [Re: Leelee]
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Registered: 11/11/2009
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Loc: Airlie Beach & Brisbane
Works discretion usually. We've been lucky though, the last few I remember were all night crossings - so everyone has been at home anyway.

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#1160534 - 19/01/2013 18:16 Re: Cyclone Information/Advice [Re: Xavo]
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out here at ravenswood the mills were stopped about 18 hours before yasi hit, workers were still working 12 hours before.
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#1160535 - 19/01/2013 18:18 Re: Cyclone Information/Advice [Re: Xavo]
Leelee Offline
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Registered: 30/11/2012
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Loc: Karratha, WA
That must be a bit rough on some people, leaving it up to your workplace to decide when. Must work though otherwise I guess it would've been changed by now...

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#1160536 - 19/01/2013 18:19 Re: Cyclone Information/Advice [Re: Leelee]
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We even had cops going around the street telling kids to go inside a good 5-6 hours before Yasi "hit". I would assume people like them/ambo's/energy utilities etc would all be at work during that time. Depends on your field I guess.

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#1160542 - 19/01/2013 18:25 Re: Cyclone Information/Advice [Re: Things]
Leelee Offline
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Registered: 30/11/2012
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Loc: Karratha, WA
I'm not sure if its still in place, but I remember being told that if the cops caught you driving during red alert here in the northwest, they'd fine you per tyre. Couple of grand too from memory.

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#1160558 - 19/01/2013 18:53 Re: Cyclone Information/Advice [Re: Leelee]
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Registered: 01/02/2004
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Loc: Jindalee, Brisbane
There may be evacuation zones ordered by the local authorities, and if that includes your workplace you would need to go home. Roads may be closed, and in that case heavy fines could be imposed on anyone driving.

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#1161611 - 21/01/2013 16:06 Re: Cyclone Information/Advice [Re: Rainy Night]
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Registered: 16/12/2011
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I think that's nationwide for driving on closed roads.

I have heard stories from people in the industry of double road trains proceeding on closed roads to make a deadline, getting caught and coping an 18k fine for it.

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#1230196 - 08/01/2014 12:32 Re: Cyclone Information/Advice [Re: Wet Wet Wet]
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Registered: 27/08/2003
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Loc: Adelaide Hills.
Where is the best place to put technical/dynamics questions on TCs?

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#1230207 - 08/01/2014 13:45 Re: Cyclone Information/Advice [Re: Wet Wet Wet]
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Here I guess or in the cyclone season threads would be my guess mate.
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#1235397 - 28/01/2014 18:30 Re: Cyclone Information/Advice [Re: Wet Wet Wet]
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Registered: 22/01/2011
Posts: 38
Loc: Edmonton FNQ
Might be of interest to some, to register with ewn.com.au for emergency alerts. I am registered, and the BOM issued the cyclone watch at 3:54pm today, i got an email alert from alerts@ewn.com.au at 4:08pm and a text message alert to my phone at 4:12pm. All in all quite a fast alert system. They also sent me the severe weather warning earlier in the day for Cairns.
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#1235606 - 29/01/2014 00:14 Re: Cyclone Information/Advice [Re: Wet Wet Wet]
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Loc: West End, Townsville, QLD
Emigrated to Oz and Townsville May 2003. Have had either a cyclone imminent or a cyclone warning every year since around my birthday (1st February). Happy cyclone chasing folks smile
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