Just putting up a thread so that Australian W's remember to check in. It looks like things were pretty nasty and it's still a few hours until daylight yet. I got a video from friends in Cairns at 12:50 PST last night showing the palm trees bending over as the first major part of the winds hit. Be safe.
Not agreeing with him on much of anything, I still found him thought provoking, fascinating, and well-grounded in his beliefs. He was the type of conservative that liberals like myself respected and listened to without sarcasm.