410. Sunday 22nd February 2015. A cyclone to our north, rain and rough surf,,,

Monday 16th February.

We had a busy day with medical appointments. Donnis had acupuncture at Robina then it was a quick drive back to Runaway Bay where I had x-Rays on my suspected broken toe. (two weeks of constant pain) then after a quick lunch we drove to another appointment for Donnis.

Wednesday 18th February

Cyclone MARCIA , category 2, has formed off the coast a few hundred Klms north east of Mackay. The predicted track will bring it across the coast at Yeppoon near Rockhampton. Heavy rain, strong winds and huge seas are predicted as far south as Ballina on the NSW north coast.

Thursday 19th February

Cyclone MARCIA is heading down the coast and expected to cross near St Lawrence (about 800 Klms to our north) early Friday morning. It is currently a category 3 but may be a category 4 when it crosses the coast. We are affected in that we will have stronger than normal winds, higher tides, huge seas and predicted 300mm or greater rainfall.

In the afternoon we drove to the spit to see the wild seas and as we walked along the breakwater were bombarded by wind- blown sand.

High rise at Lands End as seen from The Spit

High rise at Lands End as seen from The Spit

Back at the car we found our legs were caked in fine powdery sand.

While in the middle of the wet, windy, sand blasting conditions we were surprised to encounter  a Japanese wedding party having their wedding photos taken. Wow! What a memorable set of photos they will have!

Sorry. Out of focus wedding on the breakwater in driving wind and rain.

Sorry. Out of focus wedding on the breakwater in driving wind and rain.

On the beach below the breakwater was a television news crew trying to conduct a weather report.

Trying to carry out a TV weather report in the midst of wind driven sand and rain. Note the smooth carpet like appearance of the sand. Not a footprint anywhere.

Trying to carry out a TV weather report in the midst of wind driven sand and rain. Note the smooth carpet like appearance of the sand. Not a footprint anywhere.

We expect the heavy rain predicted for tomorrows will keep us indoors.

Friday 20th February

On waking this morning it was too wet to have my daily bike ride. Instead I turned on the TV. MARCIA has formed into a category 5 cyclone, the highest most destructive level. Yeppoon directly in the path has been evacuated  or moved to cyclone shelters which have gone into lockdown. The cyclone crossed the coast at Shoalwater Bay a less populated area than Yeppoon. By the time MARCIA reached Yeppoon it was a category 4. That was still enough to cause widespread damage and the rain created floods wide and far. MARCIA tracked land along the coast, losing intensity as it moved. It was downgraded to a rain depression just north of Brisbane. We spent the wild wet day indoors watching continuous reports of the cyclone and the human stories of fear and courage.

Saturday 21st February

Another day spent indoors staying dry from the constant rain.

Sunday 22nd February

The rain eased to showers, on and off, all day. In the morning I managed to ride to Southport but got caught in a downpour.

Surfers Paradise from Labrador parklands with the rain scooting across the Broadwater.

Yeppoon,  Surfers Paradise from Labrador parklands with the rain scooting across the Broadwater.

In the afternoon we drove to Burleigh Heads to watch the seas which had been whipped into a brown foam. Experienced surfers were being towed by jet skis out to and onto the waves.

Burleigh Heads and Surfers Paradise from Burleigh headland.

Burleigh Heads and Surfers Paradise from Burleigh headland.

Syurfer waiting for a wave.

Syurfer waiting for a wave.

Surfers and jet skis on whipped surf.

Surfers and jet skis on whipped surf.

Surfer launched.

Surfer launched.

Surfer being launched by a jet ski.

Surfer being launched by a jet ski.

Surfer in the tube.

Surfer in the tube.

The headland was populated by spectators braving the weather and scattering when a downpour arrived.

Spectators at Burleigh Headland.

Spectators at Burleigh Headland.

The conditions were simply too rough for any but very experienced surfers.

Next we drove Tallebudgera Creek on the south side of Burleigh Heads.

Tallebudgera Creek

Tallebudgera Creek

Surfers Paradise seen from Tallebudgera Creek.

Surfers Paradise seen from Tallebudgera Creek.

Tallebudgera Creek Bridge

Tallebudgera Creek Bridge

On our way home we stopped at the Charis Fish markets at Labrador and bought fish n chips for dinner. This fish market is very popular and has a huge range of fish. It also seems to be on the tourist bus route as it is always crowded.

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2 Responses to “410. Sunday 22nd February 2015. A cyclone to our north, rain and rough surf,,,”

  1. placestheygo Says:

    I was wondering how you made out with the cyclone. Glad to hear it was far enough away to keep the damage down for you two. Surfers are a crazy bunch!!

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    • frankeeg Says:

      Hi Pam. Yes this year we did not have the stress of two cyclones direct hit like 2014. As a person who spent his youth married to the surf I can attest surfers are a crazy bunch.

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