Cyclone Tracey, Darwin, 1974 – An experience

Submitted by Webmaster on Fri, 23/03/2007 - 12:53

There had been cyclone warnings continually through the day of 24 December, 1974, but the Christmas parties went on as usual. We had had the same warnings only three weeks before and the storm had missed Darwin, as it had ever since the last cyclone in 1937.During the evening, the reports put the centre as nearer and nearer to Darwin, but rather than emphasizing that the cyclone was headed directly toward the city, most reports said it was “North by North West traveling East by South East”. People were advised to fill bath tubs with water, open windows away from the cyclone, get under the bed, etc.read more

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