Australia’s Cyclone #Marcia landfall and response

Tropical Cyclone Marcia made landfall along the central Queensland, Australia coast on Friday, near the city of Rockhampton. The storm made landfall as a Category 5 cyclone, but has since weakened to a Category 1 storm over land. Watch Marcia impact as she made  landfall:

qld-coast-mapDamage has been reported in Rockhampton, Gladstone and Yeppoon. No deaths or major injuries have been reported. Although the storm is weakening, it still poses flooding risks, as it moves southeast between Gladstone and Bundaberg.
This video from Oz Cyclone Chasers shows a roof being torn off a house:
NB Language warning.

The Insurance Council of Australia has stated: “To support government response to this event, as well as any insurance issues that may emerge, Catastrophe Event 152 has been declared….”

Air BnB are offering no charge emergency accommodation with airbnb hosts and have waived all service fees for those impacted by the cyclone.

One bright spot in the whole disaster has been , the Australian sign language interpreter Mark Cave, who has gripped people with his animated announcements. The 30 year old has been signing for 12 years.  cave

 

 

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