We were in a taxi returning from Vientiane, Laos, when we received a text message from home...literally, our house where our daughter, CJ, is living. ‘Just had the worst hail storm I’ve seen in twenty years’. (There’s something disconcerting when your child starts referring to time, in decades...and does she really remember a horrific hail storm, from when she was six years old? Probably...knowing her!)
The damage was minor considering the ferocity of the storm. Only hail dents in two of the cars, one of which was parked under cover and was pelted from the side, by golf ball size pieces of ice. The force of the wind reached up to 90 km per hour. CJ said she couldn’t tell which direction it was coming from...it was coming from every direction. Cyclonic.
Some footage of the storm, complements of downunderchase on Youtube.
They’re just getting on top of cleaning up the mass of leaves/branches on the ground and fallen trees...we live on a heavily treed block of land. A major clean up job, we've had to do many times over the years, but glad we're not there for, this time!
Before leaving for Thailand in October, news reports said Australia was in for some nasty and freakish weather, and they weren’t wrong. They've hardly seen a few days straight of sunshine in the Brisbane area.
Southern parts of Thailand were suffering floods on an epic scale when we arrived a couple of months ago, and since, the UK, Europe and America have copped their fair share of hellish weather. Today the Phillipines...mudslides. I won't tempt fate and ask, what next?
The word from home is that the worst is still to come. (photos - http://www.couriermail.com.au/)
The things I remember the most, as a kid, about the 1974 floods in Brisbane are that we couldn't resume the new school year on time (yay!) and all the aspects of the aftermath, especially the stench, mess and mudlines that lingered long after the water had subsided. Again, we were lucky, our family home was not affected, but my parent's business was, along with much of the city. Cyclone Wanda's rain depression flooded over 8500 homes in Brisbane and surrounding areas, 6000 of which were unsalvageable. I have no idea how many businesses went under.
The current floods are described as being 'a disaster of biblical proportions' and authorities say 200,000 people in 22 cities and towns have, so far, been affected by the worst floods in Queensland's history. I'm thankful that this is not happening close to our home, which is in another part of the state and set high on a ridge.
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