Thursday, 19 February 2015

Wild Weather



The brief email from my sister read "OMG how was the earthquake did it shake you guys".

 Er no, we slept through it. At work on Monday everyone was talking about the earth tremors and how they were woken up by the shaking of their houses and rattling of windows. At Don's work his supervisor said in his street all the dogs were barking and the birds flew up out of their nests.

In the afternoon chatting over the fence with our neighbours we found that they slept through it too. As did our dogs - their two and our kelpie/collie cross Chloe.

We gave Chloe a bath today in case we need to bring her indoors

Now it seems our week is going to end in flooding rains and cyclone Marcia is set to cross the Queensland coast south of Rockhampton, possibly as a Category 2. The heavy rainfall event is set to affect a large part of Queensland. We have been told repeatedly to have our emergency preparations done. 

Here is a link to the Bureau of Meteorology's rainfall forecast page. 

This link is to theABC's story on preparing for this weather event. It includes a short SES video on storm preparation. 



And this is the link to the ABC's cyclone emergency preparation page 



This is a link to my post last year on preparing for storm season and the Get Ready Queensland program. 

Stay safe folks and take care.

12 comments:

  1. I hope you stay safe and secure during the storm, dear friend. I wish we could be prepared for such an event without warning. It is a goal of mine. You never know what could happen or what could cause the grid to go down.

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    1. Thanks Brittany it is always a bit of a concern this time of year. But we haven't had a cyclone (hurricane) come down the coast this far for years, I think the last one was about 1992.

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  2. Stay safe. Mother nature sure is formidable. Keep us updated on your prepping and tips - fascinating stuff

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    1. Will do Phil. The current tracking of the storm has it's predicted path going even closer to Nanna Chel's area than here. However I heard this morning they are not expecting it to be stronger than a category 2 which the news said was not strong enough to lift roofs, but can do minor damage. And once it crosses the coast it should weaken considerably, but the rain and subsequent flooding will be the concern once it does weaken.

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  3. Well, that is a relief to hear the wind won't lift roofs off, Sherri. It is still sunny but very windy here but I guess the rain will start soon. Just glad I don't live on the coast.

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    1. It is a bit gusty here now. We have had 9 ml of rain since 9:00 am. My husband arrived home from work about 10 minutes ago. He had stopped at the shop on the way home to pick up eggs and said there was no bread left on the shelves in the supermarket. This is happening up and down the coast from what I have read in the online newspapers.

      Regarding the earthquake I read in one of the newspapers that had it been closer to the surface it would have been devastating, I think it meant devastating for Eidsvold, but no doubt would have done some damage here as well.

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  4. stay safe & keep us posted if you can
    yeh we should keep a few items on standby in a box we can just pick up & take with us if we have to evacuate, tin foods, candle, torches, drinking water, etc. helps if you buy some foods in tins specifically for being prepared.
    we had gale force winds here yesterday, it's just rain here today thankfully.
    hope you have a good & safe day

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    1. Yes I think now days too, we have to be prepared because of the people preparing! What I mean by that is that these types of events cause people to go out and buy items like bread in bulk. I have read of customers buying 10 loaves at a time. Then the supermarket shelves end up bare. A lot of people do not seem to know how to make bread or even damper which would see them through if the supermarkets are bare of bread.

      Being prepared for evacuation is a really good point Selina. A couple of years back we had mass evacuations and some people were not able to return to their homes for months on end, if at all, others were only out of their homes for a short period. The idea of evacuating is terrible to me as the evacuation centres don't allow pets.

      I'll pop in and out of the DTE forum as I can to say how we are going and to see how others are faring.

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  5. It's getting very wet and windy here in Hervey Bay. We didn't wake with the earthquake but our little dog barked a bit, which woke me up. I got up and checked no one was trying to come inside uninvited and went back to sleep. Tonight will be the tester for us here as this is when we have a king tide plus an expected cyclone tidal surge. As we're one street back from the beach it could be interesting. Stay safe.

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    1. You stay safe too Jane. The rain is heavier here too. Some wind gusts but mostly just light wind at the moment. It is possible we will lose power once the winds strengthen.

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    2. Thankfully we missed the worst of what TC Marcia had to offer. Hope you got through without any damage.

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    3. I am glad to see that you are ok. Yes Marcia went west of us also. We had some gusty winds early this morning about 3 am, according to BOM the winds at that time were around 70 km's. We bought the dog inside at that time for a few hours too, so she wouldn't fret.

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