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GUEST,gecko Cyclone Larry heads for Queensland (49) RE: Cyclone Larry heads for Queensland 21 Mar 06

Thanks for your messages and yes, we did survive what was a pretty severe cyclone - even though we were nearly 60kms from the centre. Lots of house damage here in Cairns mainly involving big old trees hitting houses etc and blocking roads, but just down the way from me a house had it's roof ripped off. I believe there are other houses in Cairns similarly damaged but I hate to think what would have happened if we had suffered the centre of the cyclone - much loss of life for sure and devastation almost on the scale of 'Tracy' which flattened Darwin in the 70's. It was a very frightening experience and I had a birds eye view as we are high up with extensive views. I watched the palm trees bend almost double and there was a great deal of stuff flying about even though we had prepared for Larry by removing everything in our yards that could be moved. The mess after has to be seen to be believed and clearing up is a big chore.

My heart goes out to the poor buggers in Innisfail etc who have lost everything - it puts our paltry travails into perspective somewhat.

I've still got no power - there are no street lights and traffic lights are mostly out - I hope power has been restored by the time I get back home from work. The sound of generators is everywhere and they were as rare as hen's teeth after the buying frenzy on Monday afternoon/Tuesday.


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