Everybody here right now is busy "battening down the hatches" as they wait for the approach of a Tropical Cyclone. A State of Emergency has been declared in the district - the second one in as many weeks. (The floodwaters from the Tropical Cyclone that hit just last week have still not drained away).
So far, the biggest hazard looks like it will be the storm surges from the ocean, and people living in some exposed coastal areas have already been evacuated.
As for ourselves, we are all packed up ready to go should the need to evacuate arise. Being located 5 kilometres inland, we ought to be outside the reach of storm surge.
However, we will know for sure within the next four to six hours, when this weather system is due to cross the coast (which is guesstimated to happen at a point about 40 kilometres west of here).
According to the Met Service, this is the most intense storm to come this way in 49 years.