We are still in Scarborough Marina north or Brisbane. It seems that whenever we enter or leave this area, record-breaking storms herald the event. The headline in today’s Brisbane Courier-Times says “Queensland towns brace for more bad weathers [sic]”. The article notes that:
“STRONG winds and high tides are expected to batter the Gold Coast today in a final burst of wild weather from the low that swamped southeast Queensland this week. The weather bureau said there could be a “sting in the tail” of the depression that deluged Brisbane and then crossed into NSW to flood Northern Rivers centres. Authorities there estimated up to 14,000 people had been told to evacuate their Grafton and Lismore homes as the Clarence and Wilson rivers rose to major flood levels after falls of up to 350mm in 10 hours.”
We Skyped our friend Mike on “Wombat of Sydney” located in northern New South Wales and he said the wind was “blowing the dogs off of the chains.” The good news is that this weather should start to clear sometime tomorrow and we are looking for a Tuesday morning departure a few days ahead of the next low pressure system. “Wombat” will be heading north around that time as well, so we will have an SSB radio net between the two of us.
The boat is pretty much set to go. Every system now seems to work and all of our provisions and other stuff are stowed. We will update our departure plans on this site.