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Botkins make it okay through monster Australian storm
Former Forks residents Jeremy and Cameron Botkin, and their four young children, have made it through the devastating winds of Cyclone Yasi.
A report arrived in Forks on Wednesday, Feb. 2 reporting they may have no power for up to a week due to power lines knocked down by trees. The couple and children stayed in their home through two tornadoes. They reported no deaths in Townsville, but a water shortage. Overall, reported Yasi was a terrible disaster and that there will be a massive clean up, but they are all okay.The storm is being was called a “monster” force-five cyclone, the Southern Hemisphere-Western Pacific term for a hurricane-force storm.
Jeremy Botkin sent an email to friends in Forks on Monday. He wrote:
“Just a quick note regarding the Cyclone that’s predicted to hit Northeastern Australia, in a couple of days…We’re fine at the moment and are somewhat confident in the reports that it will hit land up in the region of Cairns about 300+ miles away. It is a pretty massive storm though and unpredictable by nature so doubtless we will experience some of its impact in Townsville but with the refuge of the YWAM base being so near and their disaster preparedness program firmly established and ready to go, we feel like the best thing to do is stay put and wait out the storm. We would certainly appreciate your prayers for us and for those in the whole region as it looks like many lives are at risk as well as homes, properties, and livelihoods.”
The couple keeps in close touch with Ron and Lois Robbins of Forks, her parent. They are serving in Northern Queensland with the global Protestant missionary organization Youth With A Mission.
Jeremy Botkin was the first pastor of Forks Calvary Chapel, moving to Forks in 2002. His wife Cameron served as a girls volleyball coach at Forks High School.
The Townsville Bulletin, a local paper, is reporting on Tuesday afternoon Forks time, through its Web site, that about 5,000 homes in Townsville have been evacuated with the Australian Army coordinating the effort. Australian weather officials expect the storm to hit hardest about 300 miles north of Townsville, near Cairns, but haven’t ruled out the storm taking a more southern track.
At press time Cyclone Yasi was expected to cross the north Queensland coast at about dawn Forks time on Wednesday, Feb. 2, with a high tide hitting at the same time.
Follow the Townsville news here.
The Botkin family blog is here.