The great on­go­ing cyclone de­bate

Whitsunday Times - - YOUR SAY - SHARON SMALLWOOD Editor

CRUISE: Reef Gate­way mar­ket­ing man­ager Mark Wilkins and Whit­sun­day Coast Guardian gen­eral man­ager Steven Jack­lin. WILL we or won’t we?

Whether we can ex­pect a cyclone next week seems to be anyone’s guess as the weather fore­cast­ers hedge their bets on the cur­rent low pres­sure sys­tem in the Coral Sea.

Some peo­ple think if it de­vel­oped this would be a ‘late’ cyclone, but Cyclone Ului ripped through the re­gion at ex­actly this time of year in 2010.

Ului was the first cyclone I had ever ex­pe­ri­enced.

My son Josh was not even three-months-old and we were liv­ing on our boat in Abell Point Ma­rina.

Need­less to say we got off the boat and went to stay with a friend.

But not ev­ery­one in our lit­tle boat­ing com­mu­nity made that choice.

I re­call the skip­per of one of the power boats berthed there at the time telling us he was go­ing to stay aboard.

When we re­turned to the ma­rina in the af­ter­math he’d changed his mind about whether he’d do it again.

The ex­pe­ri­ence taught him he was pow­er­less against the el­e­ments and with­out be­ing able to ac­tu­ally do any­thing con­struc­tive, he’d have been bet­ter off stay­ing out of harm’s way.

So the message for next week is ‘be pre­pared’, whether you think a cyclone will even­tu­ate or not.

It is af­ter all, ‘bet­ter to be safe than sorry’.

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