Thursday, March 30, 2017

Wet

I think most people are aware that north Queensland was hit by a very nasty cyclone in the last few days.  It's still not good up north, because although "Debbie" crossed the coast with great drama and destruction, it was expected she'd settle down, having done the damage, and go away quietly. Not so, she seems to have gained a second wind as ex-cyclone Debbie, and is making sure she's not forgotten by drenching Central and eastern Queensland with torrential rain and massive storms.

That rain is moving across the border and giving us here in the Northern Rivers a drubbing as well.  It's been pretty wet and wild since the early hours of the morning, and the river is rising quickly.


Mt Warning is usually visible to the left of the picture....hiding today.

I took these photos from my bedroom window.  The water's moving very quickly, and dragging a lot of debris along with it.  I've seen some interesting things float past this morning..... a bright pink tub, a red bucket, and what looked like a piece of pontoon from further upstream......all moving far too quickly to get a photo of.

Drains are finding it impossible to handle the run-off. If we get the expected 300-400mls of rain forecast, the road here will be underwater by mid-afternoon.

In the opposite direction, a neighbour's front yard.....already deep under water.  I hope they got their car out!

Looking north, Hospital Hill hidden by rain
Parts of town are already under water, bridges in and out of town are flooded, and there's more to come. The SES (State Emergency Service) are warning of " a big event between now and 4pm".....we'll know soon if this is going to be a moderate or major event.  We're all hoping for the moderate of course, but listening to the rain that's pounding now, I don't think so.  I'm all organised and prepared, as much as I can be, with outdoor furniture put away, tools etc put away up high under the house, and the chooks stowed away snug and dry with plenty of food and water.

So for now I'll wait and see, and try to focus on something other than the weather.....sewing or cooking maybe. It's hard though, I just want to stay glued to the weather updates.

I'm thinking of everyone who's being pummelled by this freaky storm now, those still trying to clean up in north Queensland, and trying to manage without power, their food stocks running low and in some places, severe water restrictions, as well as those further south who are yet to feel it.  Stay safe and dry everyone.

.....till next time



15 comments:

  1. I've been keeping track of it all via the telly and Facebook. It's even worse than yasi! Hope it all settles down quickly and everyone and get to cleaning up and moving on with their lives

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    1. Heavy rain here now, and I'm completely cut off, most of the neighbourhood is. I don't think it's going to stop before morning, and the water's going to rise even more. I agree with you Angela, we've had enough, time for it to stop.

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  2. pummeled is right! it hasn't let up since late last night here & seems to be getting worse with the winds pushing it along too; i'm in the middle of wide bay & the south burnett, there abouts. am so hoping everyone up north is safe too
    thanx for sharing

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    1. Hope your ok Selina, we're being hammered again after a short respite. The river has broken it's banks and my house is an island! Luckily I still have power and internet, and no wild winds or storms so far. Stay safe and lets hope it passes soon.

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  3. Nanette, I was just asking you on the new Homemakers Forum if you were okay and then realised you aren't a member there. On the radar it looks like you are still getting a lot of rain so I hope you don't sustain any damage. Stay safe and let us know how you go.

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  4. I hope all is well Nanette. Thinking of you all xx.

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    1. Thanks for checking Kylie, yes I'm ok....considering :) The rain has stopped, the expected high tide hasn't spilled anymore water over the levee, my poer is back on and I've had two cups of tea and can listen to the radio. Doesn't matter that I'm surrounded by water and all my tools etc under the house are lost or trashed. clean up time soon.

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  5. I thought of you when the TV weather maps showed the rain moving south. I hope you are still okay in your part of town.

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    1. Thanks for checking Maria....my part of town is one big lake, in fact nearly all of Murwillumbah is, but the water's slowly going down, and the sun's out, my power's back on and I've had a hot cuppa. If you'd asked me about 2 am when it was dark, water was pouring into my yard and rising quickly and i didn't have a clue what was going on...well, my answer would've been very different.

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  6. Hoping you still have power and the phone after our last contact... Fingers crossed you, Mirrhi and the chooks are all safe and well and dry if not exactly comfortable. The Mt Stapylton radar is clear this morning, but of course that doesn't mean the end of it for you, because all the catchments will be draining. Let me know how you're travelling if you can. I hope some of our current sunshine will follow Debbie down and cheer you a little.

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    1. Hi fellow vanquisher of rampant cyclones. Power back about 1oc, so very scary with no way to contact anyone, and I could hear and see the water rising rapidly, and making that awful locomotive noise. High tide is underway and the water's not risen again, so hurrah for that, it's starting to recede now, but still over waist deep in many places. There's been a few peeps of sunshine, so all in all, not too bad. Ask me again when I have to start cleaning up the mess under the house:) My son is here, drove up from Sydney last night, unfortunately he's a few streets over and they're flooded and he can't get to me. Still good to know he's just out there though, ready to help.

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  7. Stay safe Nanette. Sending you big hugs xx

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    1. thanks Nil, all hugs gratefully accepted :) Still surrounded by water, but the rain's stopped and the river is receding, and I'm ok.

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  8. Thinking of you. Stay safe.

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  9. Oh girl, wish I could help tidy up with you!

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