As a category 4 cyclone crosses the Queensland coast with winds of up to 263kmh causing destruction in several towns along the coast, the attending media, all vying to outdo each other with a scoop are heard to say:
- “Is there any wind?”
- “Is there any rain?”
- “How secure is your home?”
- “How many cyclones have you lived through?”
- Reporters telling people to remain inside their houses while they remain outside in the wind and weather of the category 4 cyclone with no personal protective equipment!
- Has all the other news disappeared?
- Have you experienced anything like this before? “No, we are from Norway!”
- Male body boarding off Airlie Beach. Reporter: “We might alert authorities about this!”
- “Can you paint a picture of how the system has changed, and how it has evolved?”
- “Our advice is don’t go out!” Says TV reporter on the street in 130kmh winds!
- “What’s it like when you can’t stand straight in the wind?”
- “The situation may deteriorate in the next two hours!”
- “All this rain coming in, you can see it really coming in!”
- “Each cyclone is different!”
- “Things are loose!”
- “Describe what is happening outside at the moment!”
- “Emergency services are not going to get in as quick as they would like to, as they can’t get in!”
- “I can’t tell you how fast these gusts are blowing!”
- “Residents are bracing for a category 4 impact!”
- “Where are all the people (emergency service workers) and where will they be deployed?” Remember, they can’t get in!
- “The wind has whipped ferocious tides!” Says reporter standing on a narrow wooden jetty!