ROOFLESS IN QUEENSLAND

Cyclone Ingrid is closing in on far north Queensland. Locals are prepared:

A lone resident of Plantation Island, off the bay, where Captain William Bligh famously landed after a 40-day journey following the mutiny on The Bounty, was battening down.

“I don’t think I’ll have a roof tomorrow,” David Glasheen said from the island.

“This one is behaving pretty strangely. I am working on the premise that I will lose all of the roofs in the whole place here, hopefully the buildings will stay. I’ve got plenty of cold beer.”

Beer aside, this could turn out very bad. Best of luck to the cycloners.

Posted by Tim B. on 03/09/2005 at 11:00 AM
    1. Were I Mr. Glasheen, I’d be heading inland. A Cat-3 is nothing to mess around with.

      Posted by Cybrludite on 03/09 at 12:06 PM • #

 

    1. Just speaking from personal experience, I’d advise Mr. Glasheen to open his beer cooler and crawl inside with them. Barring that, the bathroom is usually the “safest” part of the house, followed by an inner downstairs closet. (“Safest” in quote marks because, well, there is only so much safety in a hurricane.)

      Posted by Andrea Harris, Administrator on 03/09 at 01:14 PM • #

 

    1. The satellite pic, the infrared and the aftermath.  Major Dad, Ebola and me sat boarded up in our humble abode three miles from the water, on the AL-FL border, just shy of the eastern eye wall and took the pounding from hell.  All day long they said ’it’s headin’ to Biloxi (Mississippi)’.  I knew we were toast when Bingley and NJSue called to tell us what was on TV, and she was trying not to cry. It’d jogged back east.

      Dear Mr. Glasheen,
      Trust me.
      Get
      the
      fuck
      out
      .

      Posted by tree hugging sister on 03/09 at 01:39 PM • #

 

    1. And when Ingrid gets through with him, his beer won’t be cold any more.  If it hasn’t floated away.

      Elizabeth
      Imperial Keeper

      Posted by Elizabeth Imperial Keeper on 03/09 at 02:10 PM • #

 

    1. James Wolcott is giggling like a schoolgirl.  He’s so excited he keeps dropping his pom-poms.

      Posted by Joe Geoghegan on 03/09 at 02:14 PM • #

 

    1. FNQ may have dodged a bullet on this one. It appears to be hitting mostly uninhabited areas. My friends in Cairns say rain, wind, and stormy but just another tropical day.

      Posted by swassociates on 03/09 at 03:28 PM • #

 

    1. Now if it had hit Cairns, it would be proof of global warming but since it has hit relatively unhabitated areas the doomsayers will wait for another day.

      Posted by amortiser on 03/09 at 05:48 PM • #

 

    1. It’s Gaiea’s wrath on Bryla for fraternising with fascists- anyone in FNQ loking for a fallguy/scapegoat for the windy demolition of your thatched hut or plywood caravan (we’re talking Noth Queensland here), wreak vengeance on Brian Law by pitching him into the sea, preferably nearby a shark feeding frenzy, saltwater crocodile mating and box jellyfish swarm. It’s the only way to placate the earth mother.

      Posted by Habib on 03/09 at 08:22 PM • #

 

    1. So Mr. Glasheen thinks he’ll be OK, because he has plenty of cold beer. Yep, sounds like an Australian, alright. (Although I’ve known plenty of American rednecks who had the same attitude toward hurricanes and tornadoes, except for having a cooler full of Budweiser instead of Foster’s…)

      Having lived through a couple of tornadoes myself – we don’t have a lot of hurricanes here in Missouri – I can only echo the sentiments of “tree-hugging sister” in advising Mr. Glasheen to grab his beer and haul ass. Because Mother Nature can be a real bitch. Otherwise, well, at least the coroners’ assistants will have something cold to drink after they finish the bagging and tagging…

      Posted by Wes S. on 03/09 at 09:15 PM • #

 

    1. Wes S.
      I don’t think that Mr Galasheen would be keeping Fosters tinnies cool for the cyclone, he’d be cooling XXXX (fourex) cans. Most Aussies regard Fosters as the equivalent of cat’s piss.
      I was asked a while ago by a visiting interstate rellie what the Ekka was. I explained that beer was XXXX ‘cos “they couldn’t spell beer”, and the Ekka was the exhibition.
      I remember being in Darwin in April 1982 when there was a high wind warning. It was scary, and there wasn’t even a cyclone. There were big thunderstorms and nightly rolling thunder, which I found pretty frightening.

      Posted by kae on 03/09 at 09:56 PM • #

 

    1. I’ve been in FNQ in cyclone season and lived through a few scares. The thing is that almost all the housing has been built on cyclone proof designs following when Tracy hit Darwin. You’d need a decent sized A-bomb to seriously damge the houses. The only worry is that you might run out of beer before the roads open again.

      Posted by Pauly on 03/09 at 11:05 PM • #

 

    1. Bit like the tsunami – hits remote area so no news for a while.

      Posted by blogstrop on 03/10 at 05:36 AM • #

 

  1. Oops, XXXX is the Queensland beer.

    Posted by kae on 03/10 at 10:41 PM • #