Up in Port Hedland I had the privilege of being apart of our operations preparing and enduring severe tropical cyclone Lua.
After working a 12 hour day on the 16th the accommodation village was advised of the RED ALERT status at 2100hrs which meant as Security/ERT I was up and out the door informing residents with the other cyclone wardens. Most of which were oblivious to the fact and decidedly drunk (as they had been off work since midday) - JOY!
I then got to spend the night in the recreation room in the administration block on the (not quite so comfy couch) so we could get some rest before starting our shift during the day at 0530. Finally got to sleep at 2330 and woke to the howling wind and rain at 0330 and couldn't get back to sleep. Plus fire alarms were going off that I had to tend to.
We then spent the remainder of our day in the cyclone shelter/administration block fielding phone calls from hungry residents. The ALL CLEAR was finally given at 1700 and I finally finished work at 1800hours yesterday. And my pruney feet were glad to get out of my boots. The joys of cyclones!
Here's a couple I managed from our shelter. We were spared the worst of it as TC Lua just side swiped us.