There is great news with the cyclone that so far there are no reports of injury or death, thank God. The centre of it with the 180mph+ winds went through the least populated area of the coast, Mission Beach and Tully. There is damage to houses there for sure, but it would have been worse in Cairns. Townsville was a bit knocked around. Some areas got 8-12 inches of rain. We took what precautions we could here not being used to cyclones. We are in the outskirts of it really with "gale force" winds, not the destructive winds closer to the centre. They say it is different to Larry because the winds come in gusts and die down whereas Larry blew continuous. Some places in town have power cut off, and further down our road, but amazingly we never lost power. The storm surges at the coast haven't reached predicted heights either. There is the odd tree down here over some fences, but not close to the house. We've had light rain on the winds, less than 3 inches so far. I think the cyclone is still travelling out west, but the worst is over. It has been miraculous because it compares in size to Katrina.
And my beehive stayed upright. And the roof of the humpy stayed tight.
If your geography is not up to scratch, the cyclone path is north of the areas of the recent floods. In fact, the two disasters nearly border each other.