Chloe and Melinda Mitchell listened to the cyclone hit the coast from their bunker in Cairns.
Chloe and Melinda Mitchell listened to the cyclone hit the coast from their bunker in Cairns.

Woman leaves cyclone tape up

MACKAY region pub owner Marie Giess is leaving the cyclone tape on the windows of her home and business – just in case.

With another tropical low forming in the Coral Sea and a further cyclone predicted this summer, Mrs Giess is staying on storm alert.

“We have been told there is another cyclone following Yasi and it should hit in about 10 days, so we are leaving all our cyclone tape in place until the end of the season this year,” she said.

No damage was done to the Giess's property when Cyclone Yasi stormed through on Wednesday evening.

“I ran the gamut of broken branches and got home over the creeks okay, and we are only getting wind gusts and some rain at the moment,” Mrs Giess said yesterday morning.

“We had a pretty uneventful night and all seems well.

“I feel so very sorry for those poor people in and around Mission Beach – they copped a beating with Cyclone Larry and, from all reports, this one left it for dead.”

In Cairns, Charlene Mitchell and her daughters emerged unscathed after a night in the “bunker room” sheltering from Yasi.

“All the foliage in the area copped a pruning,” she said.

“The noise last night at around midnight was incredible. I could describe it like a plane taking off on top of your house.

“Earlier in the evening the lead-up was pretty eerie.

“The doors were shaking that bad, the girls kept thinking someone was trying to get in.”

The Weather Channel has been closely monitoring another tropical low.

Senior meteorologist Dick Whitaker said yesterday the monsoonal trough remained positioned over the Coral Sea.

“Tropical lows have been common in this environment in the past couple of months. However, not all of these have formed into cyclones,” he said.

“While it is possible that a tropical cyclone could develop, this is not being officially predicted at this stage.”



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