The great ongoing cyclone debate
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’.