MAF brought all of its aircraft into Gove yesterday afternoon and left the families in the communities in accordance with our wishes. We are now waiting for the strong winds and finalising our preparations. We have gas stoves, water stored in readiness , torches and candles, and inverter backup from car batteries to try to keep fridges and freezers running if we lose power for an extended period. The garden has been cleared of loose objects and we are restraining items at risk of turning over or becoming airborne.
The church leadership agreed to postpone the 'main event' of the Thanksgiving to next weekend to allow other communities to join them. Some visitors have arrived, but MAF's withdrawal of its aircraft has limited the numbers that could travel at subsidised rates. The celebrations have started but Sunday promises to be a wet and windy day.
David has been attending the daily Galiwin'ku cyclone planning meetings, co-ordinated by the Northern Territory Police and under the supervision of the Region Controller based in Katherine.
Links to the sources of the above images for real-time updates:
Cyclone track forecast: http://www.bom.gov.au/cyclone/index.shtml
Radar rainfall images: www.bom.gov.au/products/IDR092.loop.shtml