The return of the wet season has enthused most people but none more so than Territorian photographers.
Each year they chase the famous Top End storms hoping to catch that difficult one in a million storm picture.
Seasoned pros like Jacci Ingham, who runs a popular weather Facebook page for Katherine, doesn’t rely on flukes but skill and experience.
Using a tripod and her Nikon D810 she captured this amazing shot from one of the first storms of the season in Katherine last night.
Just outside North Australian Helicopters on the Victoria Highway, Jacci captured this wonderful picture and we appreciate she has consented for us to share it with our readers.
The NT Government is urging Top Enders to get set for the wet.
Department of Primary Industry and Resources Emergency Management Manager Jessica Arnold said it was vital to start the planning now and start preparing a cyclone kit.
“This means planning for your family, including your pets and any livestock you may have,” Ms Arnold said.
“It’s also important to be prepared in advance for any travel you might be undertaking and have a plan for your family and animals.
“If you have horses or livestock, assess whether their environment will be safe for them during a cyclone, flooding or severe storms and for three days afterwards. If you need to move them to a safer place, do so early to avoid unnecessary risk to you or your animals.
“If you leave your livestock in a paddock, the fences need to be in good repair so animals can’t bolt if they are frightened. Stock registers should be up to date.”
Ms Arnold reminded pet owners that animals were not allowed in all cyclone shelters and urged owners do their research now.
“If your house is cyclone coded and you decide to leave your pet at home, confine them in a small, darkened room with plenty of food and water, but it’s important not to tie them up,” she said.
“If you do leave your animals in the house, please ensure there is signage visible from the outside of the house to let helpers know there are animals inside.”
“Make sure your cyclone kit is prepared for yourself and your pets, which includes enough food and drinking water to last three days, a bowl, medication and vet records, a leash/harness or carrier, bedding and toys if practical.”
RSPCA CEO Jessica Moore-Jones said the RSPCA received dozens of additional stray animals whenever a major storm hit and encouraged pet owners to ensure their pets were microchipped, and if possible, registered and wearing a collar with a phone number.
To find your nearest cyclone shelter or carpark shelter or to find out further details about what to do to prepare for the wet season visit www.secure.nt.gov.au.
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