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Last updated on August 10th, 2017 at 10:21 am

Today’s Anzac Day march in Darwin has been cancelled in advance of Cyclone Monica:

Darwin is preparing to weather the most intense storm ever seen in Australia’s northern waters, with winds of 350 kilometres an hour at the core of cyclone Monica.

The category 5 storm is less than 400 kilometres from the Northern Territory capital.

Mr Bingley’s pre-emptive prayers may already have had an effect; according to this forecast, Monica could be weaker than feared by the time it sweeps by south of Darwin. Here’s hoping.

(Via J.F. Beck)

UPDATE. Fark headline: “The last time anything named Monica blew this hard, it tore apart a nation.”

Posted by Tim B. on 04/24/2006 at 11:31 AM
    1. Here’s hoping she fizzles.

      Posted by RebeccaH on 2006 04 24 at 11:36 AM • permalink


    1. We had a Cyclone Monica back in ‘98. Landfall in the DC area. The destruction in her wake was damn near catastrophic. Good luck to you, Oz.

      Posted by Kyda Sylvester on 2006 04 24 at 11:39 AM • permalink


    1. A salute to the brave of the past, present and future, this ANZAC Day.
      Kyda Sylvester

      Monica back in ‘98, was a whistle blower, just as todays Mary McCarthy is. Difference our Monica used a real whistle, so to speak.

      Both (Monica and Mary) dealt with ‘leaks’. Monica got a cigar…Mary will get nothing except rich from her ‘celebrity status’ for pulling off a good deed.

      Monica got people bombed…Mary will get US bombed.

      Posted by El Cid on 2006 04 24 at 12:21 PM • permalink


    1. I salute the Aussie brave on this day.

      Keep safe and God speed.

      P.S.  I’ll leave the “Monica” jokes alone.  It’s just too obvious.  I’ll just say that I hope this Monica doesn’t do the damage that the other did.

      Posted by saltydog on 2006 04 24 at 04:11 PM • permalink


    1. Heads down, bottoms up!

      Posted by tree hugging sister on 2006 04 24 at 04:59 PM • permalink


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