Tropical Cyclone Marcia made Landfall on 23rd February as a category five storm near Shoalwater Bay, between St Lawrence and Yeppoon, with wind gusts up to 250 kilometres per hour being recorded. We think it was category 4 when passing over Middle Percy Island between 12 midnight and 6am on Friday morning. Photos will be posted on the Gallery page.
I would like to let people know the Island is still beautiful with more views than ever as one walks up the main 3.5km track. The short track is still blocked with uprooted trees and fallen branches and volunteers would be appreciated to help clear this 2km track. The water line to West Bay and the internal Island telephone line along this track, have been damaged, so these services are out of action, until visitors can aid us in sorting the problem.
The Homestead area and orchard are littered with fallen branches and trees, so help would be appreciated to help tidy up this area. We are able to pick up helpers in the Ute, to transport them up to the Homestead, in order to help us clear up after Cyclone Marcia.
The West Bay needs buckets and spades to help clear the sand from the Aframe, Tree House and Telephone Shed and to find and rehang some of the memorabilia. Many of the signs are still in situ and simply need dusting off.
The cruisers online magazine www.thecoastalpassage.com has published an article about the Cyclone on page 10. A great publication with lots of interesting articles. Also our most recent West Bay ‘Tree House’ resident, Marty Pappay, has advertised his rain catcher in that edition; for those who like an easy way to collect fresh water when it rains.
The Homestead telephone is working on 07 49510993 and the email contact is [email protected]. We also scan the Marine Channels and can chat on Channel 73.
Radio Interview from ABC Capricornia:
Gallery of images: