Monday, January 28, 2013

Wild Queensland Weather

After a horrible heatwave and bush fires, the state has now been struck with cyclonic winds and torrential rain. Some towns have been badly affected by the torrent of water and are at risk of losing everything to the rising rivers and flood waters again.

This is what it looks like at our place. We lost power for 22 hours and spent our night with lanterns, candles and torches sharing all the food from our fridges with the neighbourhood. Thank goodness for gas BBQ's. It is amazing what you can cook on them.

As a consequence of the 135km wind gusts, we lost 4 large conifers on the boundary fence and we had water damage from a leaky window upstairs that has damaged the kitchen ceiling.


We back onto a river which is usually more of a stream but we have had so much water in 3 days it has turned into a raging river. I almost wanted to get out my raft and go whitewater rafting.


We live next door to an environmental centre which has a large lake. There was an incredible amount of excess water overflow which has caused our mini version of Niagara Falls.



The wind is subsiding and the rain easing but the airports are all closed. My relatives in Sydney have just called to say it is moving south and they are bracing for the storms tonight.

Stay safe everyone.


15 comments:

  1. It's very wet here - but nothing like QLD has experienced. That waterfall is pretty impressive. I hope you keep dry and safe!

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  2. It's been pretty scary hasn't it? All my relatives live in and around Bris, so I've been hearing lots. Sorry to hear you have had some damage and lost power. We are thinking of you all. xo

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  3. I can't believe that Queensland has copped it again, I'm so glad that you and your family are safe. Your very lucky that it was only the conifers that were blown down. Stay safe!

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  4. I was going to say 'stay safe and dry' but it sounds like you got a bit wet...Our power is off now, has been since this morning. Stay safe!

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  5. Be safe. The weather has become crazy everywhere in recent times!

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  6. Aren't gas grills worth their weight in gold when the electric is out? Years ago when our neighborhood was hit by a tornado, I found out how to make coffee on a grill... the most important things in life... caffeine!
    Hope y'all stay safe over there and things improve for you really quickly. :)

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  7. I'm so glad that you have survived the worst of it.

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  8. You stay safe! Saw a new clip today about the surf all turning to suds somewhere on your coastline. It was incredible. I'm so sorry for all you are dealing with. Those pictures are amazing. Really, you keep safe.

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  9. I hope your weather has now improved. It is so scary when nature is in control.

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  10. What a bummer. I'm glad you're safe. The storm moved out to sea just before it reached Sydney so we didn't get the worst of it. Unbelievably, VIC is still battling bushfires!

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  11. What devastation, I am glad you are safe.

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  12. Wow you really were in the middle of it all. I hope the waters are subsiding and there's been no further damage.

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