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.
It's definitely happened on a few occasions. It does take overwhelming evidence and a lot of press though. It generally helps if the person also isn't well-liked in Congress. Mario Biaggi (Congressman from the Bronx)