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It's Cyclone Season: Commentary and Facts

Updated on February 12, 2019
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John was born and raised in Australia. Subsequently, he is interested in all things Australian: language, sport and culture.

The twin cyclone Lam and Marcia hitting Australia simultaneously
The twin cyclone Lam and Marcia hitting Australia simultaneously | Source
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Brisbane Airport this morning 20 Feb 2015Flooding, Nanango area.
Brisbane Airport this morning 20 Feb 2015
Brisbane Airport this morning 20 Feb 2015 | Source
Flooding, Nanango area.
Flooding, Nanango area.

Inspiration for this Article and Support of a Friend

As I sit at my computer writing this on Friday 20th February 2015 I am also watching the tv keeping updated on the two cyclones currently battering the Australian coast. Cyclone Lam (category 4) crossed the Northern Territory coast at Milingimbi, Arnhem Land at approximately 2am, and of more concern to myself is Cyclone Marcia (category 5) that crossed the Central Queensland coast at Shoalwater Bay at about 8am and is moving south.

The Bureau of Meteorology warned Queensland and NT residents a couple of days ago to batten down and make cyclone preparations as damaging winds, rain and flash flooding were imminent. Many of the areas and towns in the cyclones' paths are still recovering from severe flooding that they suffered only two years ago. It is most likely that Ballogie, where I live, will be cut off and isolated from the outside world as has already happened twice before since I have lived in the area. Last time we were stranded in Brisbane for a week, with our animals trapped at home.

These climatic conditions are one of the reasons for writing this. Another, and equally as concerning was a forum post I read from one of my hubber friends this morning "Goodbye Everyone, Aneegma has left the building!"

Many of you may know Aneegma and her situation, but if you don't I will expand on that later in the hub.

Yeppoon, facing Cyclone Marcia's fury.
Yeppoon, facing Cyclone Marcia's fury. | Source

Cyclone Categories

Cyclones are characterised by strong continuous winds of more than 63 km/h. Once those winds reach 118 km/h the cyclone is classified as severe.

Cyclones by the following criteria:

Strongest winds: Gales, 90 - 125 km/h

Strongest winds: Destructive, 125 - 164 km/h

Strongest winds: Very destructive,165 - 224 km/h
Strongest winds: Very destructive, 225 - 279 km/h
Strongest winds: Very destuctive, more than 290 km/h

Cyclones, Hurricanes and Typhoons

TROPICAL CYCLONES: are intense, spinning storm systems, with low-pressure centres that can be vast in size. They form over warm oceans and can wreak havoc when they approach the shore.

As the names suggests, tropical cyclones and hurricanes occur in the tropical areas of the world. They require a difference in rotation speed of the Earth at different latitudes to gather momentum as they spin, and they can form either side of the equator.

These storm systems are called cyclones in the Indian Ocean and the western Pacific around Australia, hurricanes in the Atlantic and eastern Pacific,and typhoons in Southeast Asia.

(source: Australian Geographic)

I live at the bottom left of the orange section on the map below

Latest tracking forecast. Bureau of Meteorology
Latest tracking forecast. Bureau of Meteorology | Source

Natural Disaster

Have you experienced any of these wild weather or geographical events?

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Aneegma's Situation

Two weeks ago a friend of mine, Aneegma, experienced a storm of her own and wrote this forum post:

Who messed with my hubs??!!

"I haven't been very active on hubpages but occasionally I log in to check how my articles are doing. Today I was gobsmacked to see that three of my star articles have been edited and the traffic for these hubs has plummeted and for the first time in 13 months I didn't make the payment cut for this month!

Is hubpages now just editing articles without telling us first?? To be honest I prefer my own writing as that's how people engaged with me. These "professionals" have driven away my audience and I'm not happy purely because my earnings have dropped and my traffic has died.
Can someone explain to me what's going on please?

Thank you!"

Replies on this forum advised Aneegma about the "HubPro Beta" editing program introduced by Hub Pages to improve the quality and searchability of best performing hubs on the site.

Aneegma then asked how she could change her hubs back to their original format. Writer Fox, Cardissa and other hubbers offered helpful advice and Aneegma was eventually able to convert her hubs back to the original, "I GOT MY HUBS BACK UP! YAY!!"

But unfortunately her traffic has not returned to anywhere near what it was before her hubs were edited, resulting in Aneegma's unfortunate decision to leave Hub Pages as follows:

"Goodbye Everyone! Aneegma has left the building!!"

"Hi everybody

I've noticed that ever since I had this incident my hubs have completely gone down the tank.
I'm not getting views any more, my highest earning hub before literally has zero views this last week. Four of my other high performing hubs have been un-featured and I've even lost followers so I have completely lost interest in doing articles for hub pages......."

What is so disturbing about this all is that about seven months ago Aneegma was on top of the world and posted this in a forum:

"Hub Pages just paid me $758 today!!!

Wow wow wow! I just love getting emails from hubpages!

I was gobsmacked when I got my payment from hubpages today and it state $758.17! I thought it was a mistake so I went into my earnings pages and discovered eBay has been very good to me this month!! I'm yet to earn from amazon but hubpages program and eBay are proving a hit this month for me. This is the largest amount I've ever earned on here so I'm a happy camper!
So thank you hubpages!! I'm going shopping now and drinks on me for all my friends here!!

Thank you all! "

Is There a Lesson Here?

It is so sad that someone who was enjoying writing here at Hub Pages so much and excited about how much she was earning has changed their opinion so suddenly. I realise a lot of people who have had their hubs edited by HubPro editors are happy with the results.However Hub Pages should never go ahead and edit any hubs without the author's specific permission. The fact Aneegma was away and not even aware of the program proves that she was not consulted. I realise that Hub Pages have to do everything they can to continue improving the site and make it successful and viable in the eyes of Google but if it's programs result in the loss of even one valuable hubber, like Aneegma, they need to be reviewed.

Aneegma has been a great friend to me and a supporter and promoter of my writing here at Hub Pages. The least I can do is to bring her sad situation to the attention of others. I am sure she is not the first and won't be the last writer who becomes disgruntled by HubPro editing of their hubs. I hope I am wrong an this is an isolated case. I did have links here to all Aneegma's forum posts but they have all been deleted. I was worried she'd already closed her account. At least her profile is still up, so maybe I was just in time writing this.

I hope Aneegma has a change of heart and stays as a member of Hub Pages, even if she wants to try the waters elsewhere as well. I do however understand if she chooses otherwise.

"Thank you Aneegma for what you brought to Hub Pages."

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Mcleans Road, Durong. 30km from my home.The Boyne River during the last flood (also close to my home)Bunya Hwy, Wooroolin (between my home and nearest town)
Mcleans Road, Durong. 30km from my home.
Mcleans Road, Durong. 30km from my home.
The Boyne River during the last flood (also close to my home)
The Boyne River during the last flood (also close to my home)
Bunya Hwy, Wooroolin (between my home and nearest town)
Bunya Hwy, Wooroolin (between my home and nearest town)

Current Cyclone Situation

News reports state that there has been some damage to homes and structures, extensive power outages, and numerous trees uprooted. All beaches along the East Coast of Queensland are closed and residents of towns in the cyclones' path are being told to remain indoors. Many rivers are expected to flood if the cyclone moves across land slowly. If it picks up speed and passes over quickly severe flooding may be avoided. No deaths or injuries have been reported.

Due to the king tides and surges turtle eggs from beach nests at Burnett Heads and other areas are being relocated.

Cyclone Lan has just been downgraded to Category 2, however Elcho Island (aboriginal community)has suffered extensive damage. Cyclone Marcia is now still category 4 as I write, but it's heaviest rain is still on the way.

I am high and safe at home with my animals, dogs, cats, chickens, turkey, and won't be going anywhere until the storm has passed. Just have to wait and see if we get cut off from the rest of the world, and hope we don't lose power.

Cyclone Marcia
Cyclone Marcia | Source

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    • Jodah profile imageAUTHOR

      John Hansen 

      6 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Hi Ann, I know how hard it is to keep,up with reading everyone's hubs. The cyclone passed a month ago without too much effect where I am. Plenty of devastation further north. Due to the encouragement of myself and other hubbers Aneegma decided to stay. She actually published a new hub yesterday. Glad you learnt something from this.

      Check out the HP blog to find out more about HubPro editing program. You are given a choice to sign up or not.

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      Ann Carr 

      6 years ago from SW England

      I'm still playing catch-up with some of your hubs and wish I'd read this one sooner, John. I've never experienced any extreme weather - all tends to be quite mild here in Britain, though we are near to the flood-plains of Somerset.

      This is informative and fascinating. I've learnt a lot this evening!

      I also didn't realise that HP edit people's hubs; I must be so naïve. If they did that to mine, I'd probably leave too. I do keep copies of all of mine so it's easy enough to tell. Poor Aneegma! How kind you are to do this for her; I'll have a look at her profile to see if anything's there. She's not a name I know.

      Thanks for all the information. I hope you are high and dry now and not cut off from anyone! Thank heavens for the internet, eh?


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      John Hansen 

      6 years ago from Queensland Australia

      All is good where I live Deb, but other areas were devastated and are still trying to recover. Yes, fortunately Aneegma has decided to stay at Hub Pages.

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      Deb Hirt 

      6 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Hoping that all is well at your end of the world, and I feel terrible about what has happened to Eneegma. I cannot imagine such a thing.

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      Elsie Hagley 

      6 years ago from New Zealand

      It was a leap year which was 29 days on the 2 feb 1.25mm, with heavy rain fall days like - 77mm, 83mm, 47mm, 58mm, on all ready saturated ground. 29 February 1.81mm.

      I have been keeping rain records for nearly thirteen years now.

      It is quite interesting looking at them, the patterns of rain over the years.

      I think the worst is having no power it makes the situation look ten times worse than it is, hope everyone gets their power soon.

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      John Hansen 

      6 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Thanks Elsie, yes the army has come into them central Queensland area to help clean up. Most of the powner had been restored yesterday but there are still many without electricity. The council had set up emergency generators to run traffic lights and provide people with back up power ..would you believe 17 were stollen? Wow 820mm is a lot of rain. How many days was that over?

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      Elsie Hagley 

      6 years ago from New Zealand

      I was following this bad weather, you had a week ago and hoping that some of the rain came NZ way, as we were dry and needed rain, dam nearly dry, cows needed more water, now a week later we have had about 30mm of rain, dam has a little more water in it.

      I remember Feb 2004 flooding, we had 820 mm of rain in Taranaki, damage like you have in Australia, but all though there is a lot of work cleaning up it does heal, we live on the Urenui river, all the banks slipped away, even power poles.

      Never look forward to bad hurricane weather, just gentle rain please, then there less mess to manage.

      Hope all are getting over this bad storm now, I believe I saw on the news that the army had come in to help with the clean up.

      Look after yourself.

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      John Hansen 

      6 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Yes thank you Devika, the storm has passed. It's all fine once again. Thanks for reading and commenting.

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      Devika Primić 

      6 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      I have not experienced such kind of weather. Hope you have passed that bad weather. A very interesting share from you.

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      John Hansen 

      6 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Hi ps. Thanks for those angels, hope their wings didn't get too wet. The community spirit is what I like most about Hub Pages too. I think I can count some of the people here as my best friends even though we have never met in person. If someone is experiencing difficulties it i the least I can do to try to support them. Fortunately the cyclone died down and only brushed by us, others however weren't so fortunate. The Central Queensland area was hit hard and many towns affected. Thanks for your well wishes.

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      Patricia Scott 

      6 years ago from North Central Florida

      How kind of you to support a writer ....that is one thing I Love about HubPages.

      Been through cyclones when I lived overseas and many many hurricanes both in Virginia and Florida so I know the angst.

      I hope everyone came through this time well.

      Angels are winging their way to you and all. ps

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      John Hansen 

      6 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Yes Eric, it's at the stage you don't know what to expect. There seems to be no set pattern to follow anymore from past weather events. It's all changed. Anyway, we were lucky here. Thanks.

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      Eric Wayne Flynn 

      6 years ago from Providence, Rhode Island

      Weather all over the world is going haywire, very interesting. Glad you and your land are safe.


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      John Hansen 

      6 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Thanks for reading Vellur, yes it has passed and all's well here. Yes, too many good writers have been leaving unfortunately.

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      Nithya Venkat 

      6 years ago from Dubai

      Hope you are safe and the bad weather has passed. Good writers leaving our community is really sad and I hope the situation does not continue.

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      John Hansen 

      6 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you Flourish. All's good now. Glad I could help educate you in regard to cyclones and hurricanes.

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      6 years ago from USA

      I am glad that you are safe. Stay that way. I never knew the difference between hurricanes and cyclones; I thought it was a mere synonym.

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      John Hansen 

      6 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Yes Jackie, the cyclone has come and gone. The only city effected was Rockhampton which had extensive damage and thousands still without power,but a number of smaller towns like Jambin, Marmor and Byfield were virtualy wiped off the map. Thankfully it died out before it reached us. o we are all safe and well.

      This hub actually seems a bit irrelevant now with the cyclones gone, and Aneegma deciding to stay at Hub Pages after all. Anyway it felt important at the time and served a purpose. I don't know what to think or do about HubPro. Time will tell I guess, but I hope we don't lose more writers here because of it.

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      Jackie Lynnley 

      6 years ago from the beautiful south

      I too wish you safety John but am sure by now it must be all clear?

      As for your friend I would be just as upset. Seems a bit two-faced to me but I suppose we should always read what we agree to. How they word eligible to be edited...seems a bit deceptive to me but I knew for a fact they better not touch mine. A bit odd too they did not improve anything. Means to me they don't know what they are doing. It is very sad that many good writers have left to never come back. Seems someone should be editing the editors.

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      John Hansen 

      6 years ago from Queensland Australia

      I do the same as you Nadine. I revisit my older or lower scoring hubs and add some text, video etc. It helps to get them off the bottom and keep them featured. If you check out the HP blog you will find information on the HbPro and also the editor's that have been employed to carry it out. I haven't had any of my hubs edited, it is just selective and from the already most successful hubs. I doubt any of mine will be selected. I don't think I have ever heard of Perth having a cyclone. I think it is too far south and most occur in the north or north east coast of Australia. Thank you for reading and for the interesting comment.

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      Nadine May 

      6 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Dear Jodah like you I have not been all that active on hubpages due to the many other activities I love to do. Interesting hub on cyclones. We have family living in Perth. It's always sad that a member wants to leave hubpages, especially after earning that kind of amount in the past, so I'm glad she changed her mind. I have never earned enough to be paid out yet, but that does not make me leave. I try to regular visit the feeding page just to see if anyone has commented, and then I reply and go to their profile and see what I want to read. I NEVER knew that our posts were edited by other people besides me. Lately I have gone back to my older posts and edited them or even added a paragraph. That has made a difference in the score points.

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      John Hansen 

      6 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Thanks travmaj, we were expecting the worst but fortunately it didn't come quite this far in from the coast. We only got a bit of rain here. many of my Rockhampton friends weren't so lucky. They had damage and are still without power etc. yes, it's good that Aneegma is staying.

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      6 years ago from australia

      Hi John - pleased to hear the cyclone didn't damage near you, what a storm with two cyclones circling - have been trying to keep in touch with all my Queensland/NT friends. All ok I'm pleased to report. I see Aneegma has decided to stay on at hub pages, I do wish her well, it all seemed beyond my understanding of writing hubs, stormy weather indeed!

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      John Hansen 

      6 years ago from Queensland Australia

      my thoughts exactly MsDora. HP's reasoning for editing the best performing hubs is that Google only judges the site by the 'best' hubs so if they edit them to make them an even higher standard it will help HP's ranking. I don't agree. I think if they edited hub that were promising but needed some improvement then there would be more 'quality' hubs and that would boost the rankings. Why risk destroying ones that are already doing well? Anyway we are all safe and well here, the cyclone has passed and the sun is shining. Lots of damage in some places but no fatalities.

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      Dora Weithers 

      6 years ago from The Caribbean

      I thought the editing was supposed to be a good thing. And why would they mess with articles that were doing as well as Aneegma's? We don't need natural storms when the HP storm could be so destructive. Glad you're safe Jodah. I pray safety for all in the region.

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      John Hansen 

      6 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank for thinking of us Nell. The worst is over and we got out of it relatively unscathed, though there is likely to be more rain to come and possible flooding. Your hubs are so professionally written I can't imagine HP being able to improve them. Best to opt out I think.

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      Nell Rose 

      6 years ago from England

      Hi Jodah, I was watching that on tv over here in England and thought of you, keep safe, and I hope it goes away soon. As for Aneegma I have been following her posts in the forums and was totally gobsmacked by the whole thing! that was terrible for her! I see from your comment above that she is staying, thank goodness for that! I have turned off my 'edit' mode so they can't get their hands on mine! take care, nell

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      John Hansen 

      6 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Thanks for that very interesting comment Marie. Firstly, Aneegma has changed her mind and decided to stay..yay!

      Yes, we should al follow Divine Law, the world would be a better place. I don't know what "Violet Flame" is but I'm sure you can fill me in.

      I agree with you about HubPro. Thanks for the vote up too.

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      Marie Flint 

      6 years ago from Jacksonville, FL USA

      There's a lot going on in this hub.

      First, the subject of storms--nobody wants them! At the risk of being considered a weirdo or something worse, I do explore spiritual teachings on the subject of storms. Guess what? We don't have to have them--if, and that's a big IF--everyone would adhere to Divine Law. And what is that? It's being non-judgmental, compassionate, and supportive of life--all life--on this planet. I do Violet Flame daily working towards this end.

      Secondly, your beautiful friend Aneegma. This is my first introduction to her, and it's because she's leaving HubPages! (By the way, I'm especially interested in this hub because a friend at who goes by the name AussieSaphire also has expressed being tried by these cyclones.) If I could give a message to Aneegma, it would be, "Please come back to Hub Pages, I would like to get to know you better!" Why do we measure success by the amount of money involved? Doesn't it have more to do with feeling fulfilled by our outlook on life? So what if there's a high income one month and nothing the next? Rejoice in both cases! Keep the flame burning at the heart!

      Thirdly, on the subject of editing and HubPagesPro (or whatever they're calling it nowadays). ONLY edit at the permission of the author. If there's no acknowledgment by email, then DON'T DO IT, Hub Pages team! Just because we've stated we're interested in the program with our check on our profile page doesn't mean we agree with all your suggestions. The AUTHOR has the final word over the way the piece appears on the web. If you don't like it--fine, hit the "unfeatured" button. I like the idea of the program and think it will improve overall quality of the site--but with the approval of the author for the changes.

      Well, Jodah, I think I've expressed my "airs." (That sounds like a bit of a pun, doesn't it--with the subject being "cyclones," I mean.)

      Voted UP.

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      John Hansen 

      6 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Ruby, we are all safe though not together. The cyclones have been downgraded to rain depressions but the main trouble is that there are two separate lows approaching us, one that was the cyclone from the north and a separate one from the south. The result of that is torrential rainfall and flooding. I think I have enough food and supplies for a week. Chickens are sheltering in my tool shed/workshop instead of the henhouse so I will have a lot of cleaning up to do at the end of this. Thanks for sharing your experience, you must have been terrified. Luckily you had a good insurance agency, and are now in a safer home. In regard to HP editing hubs, the HubPro Beta program is only aimed at the already most successful hubs (which I think is a mistake). It was started a few months ago and HP have actually employed a number of editors for the task. Their profiles are featured on the Feed Page. Most have no hubs or only one or two themselves. I'd like to know if anyone else has been treated like Aneegma.

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      John Hansen 

      6 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Hi MizB, I woke this morning to the heaviest rain so far. Power is still on thank God. Turned on the tv to hear the cyclones have now reduced in severity to be rated "tropical lows" and are slowly moving south west. We should escape damaging winds but rivers are rising and flooding expected. Everyone has been warned to stay home and don't try to travel. My wife is currently in Brisbane (4 hours away) with our two oldest grandchildren. They are also experiencing torrential rain but high and safe. By al means check out Aneegma's profile and hubs (if they are still active) although her forums explaining her situation are now removed.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      6 years ago from Southern Illinois

      John, I fear for you and your family. God keep you all safe. About three years ago we had a tornado hit my little town, some damage to my home, required a new roof plus inside painting, and lawn ornaments replaced. The wind actually rung my doorbell. I was in the bathtub praying. I must add that I had State Farm insurance and they were wonderful. I had over & 15,000 damage. That is the sole purpose of me buying the home I have now, a basement. I was not a follower of your friend, but it sounds like she was abused. I had no idea HP edited hubs. Thank you for an informative hub. Stay warm and safe...

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      Doris James MizBejabbers 

      6 years ago from Beautiful South

      John, it looks like you've hunkered down just like we do here in tornado alley in the United States. I hope you and your family ride this one out safely. Your story of Aneegma is big enough to feature it in its own hub. I haven't checked any of mine lately, but I don't make any money here anyway. I just write for fun, but my gripe is all the hubs of mine they've unfeatured. I had not run into Aneegma and now you make me want to read her story. She is a beautiful woman.

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      John Hansen 

      6 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you Mary. Rain is lashing us now through the night. I will see how things look in the morning.

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      Mary Hyatt 

      6 years ago from Florida

      I have been through several hurricanes and lost power for days. I do have an emergency generator, though. We made it through another hurricane season with no storms. I hope you and yours are well.

      As far as Aneegma: I read her posts on the forums, and I can understand her unhappiness. I opted out of this program when it started.

      Wishing you safety.

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      John Hansen 

      6 years ago from Queensland Australia

      I know this hub may be a little weird Bill, but that's me :) You are fortunate to live where you do. We seem to get some interesting weather here. We even had a small earthquake last week....I don't know if Aneegma has actually left yet. All her forum posts seem to be gone but her profile and hubs were still there last time I checked. She supported me in the past, so it was the least I could do.

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      Bill Holland 

      6 years ago from Olympia, WA

      A message of support to a friend in the middle of a cyclone lesson. I've never seen that done before and it was quite effective. I remember that writer and how excited she was that day she was paid. I'm sorry she's left....very nice of you to support her, John.

      Never seen a cyclone....I live in the part of the U.S. where violent weather doesn't occur. :)

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      John Hansen 

      6 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you for you well wishes Eric. Aneegma's situation is very unfortunate and makes one question the the validity of the HubPro program. i hope she does reconsider and stays on. Things may improve again in time.

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      John Hansen 

      6 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Shauna, the rain is falling heavily right now. I will probably be flooded in ain a day or so if it keeps up. I have enough food etc as long as the power stays on.

      I think the main problem with Aneegma was that she was away and didn't see the emails that HP sent her advising they wanted to edit her hubs with HubPro. Still they should not have gone ahead if she failed to answer and give permission.

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      Eric Dierker 

      6 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      What a fascinating hub. Of course our prayers are with all who are in harms way. May you make it out the other side safely.

      The HP story is amazing. I feel bad for anyone effected in such a negative way. I hope she stays on at least in a limited way.

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      Shauna L Bowling 

      6 years ago from Central Florida

      John, I hope you escape destruction by these horrible storms. It's very brave of you to post this hub while you wait to see what happens. Thank you for the information and update. Please be safe!

      It's a shame what happened to Aneegma. Now I'm really, really glad I opted out of HubPro. I guess what they told us about consulting us first before messing with our hubs was a complete untruth. It's very discouraging. I just hope HP doesn't start sneaking into hubbers' work who have opted out of the program.

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      John Hansen 

      6 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Hello Faith, thank you for your comment. I am glad to make it a little clearer for you in regard to cyclones, hurricanes and typhoons. They are the same things just given different names in different areas. So far we are still waiting for the worst as the cyclone is moving very slowly in this direction. Thanks for your prayers.

      I had never heard of anyone making as much as Aneegma either. Her forums are deleted but I think she mentioned a significant portion of it was from eBay sales.

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      Faith Reaper 

      6 years ago from southern USA

      I am glad you and yours are safe! We experience terrible tornadoes and hurricanes here where I live. I have always wondered what the differences between a hurricane and cyclone and typhoon are and now I have a little bit better understanding. Either way, they are all terrible, especially when flooding occurs.

      I have never heard of one's hubs actually being edited by HubPro before! I would not want that at all! That is the most money I've heard of anyone making at once via HP.

      God bless and prayers going up for all concerned.

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      John Hansen 

      6 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Thanks Frank, I appreciate your sentiments, both for myself here and also for Aneegma.

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      Frank Atanacio 

      6 years ago from Shelton

      I second Tills comment wishing it just goes by quickly and hopefully everything returns to normal my friend.. I like the fact that you stand by your virtual friend.. and it is we the hubbers who care about the departed ones... or I should say the ones who left the building.. as for hub pages losing a hubber doesn't make a difference.. another one just latches on.. and that's just business for them.. stay blessed Frank

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      John Hansen 

      6 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Thanks for the well wishes Mary. In fact just as I write this the rain has just reached me and has begun in is pelting down. Aneegma's situation is sad. I don't know why HP have to interfere with high traffic, successful hubs. they should edit middle of the road ones that have the potential to improve to become top quality. Thanks for the vote up.

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      Mary Craig 

      6 years ago from New York

      First I'm hoping the cyclone has passed and you are fine and haven't lost power. Thank you for the education about cyclones btw.

      Aneegma's story is a sad one. I must admit I was amazed at how much money she made and then it went to zero! I wish her the best whether she decides to stay at HP or not.

      Stay safe my friend. God bless.

      Voted up, useful, and interesting.


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