staring at the floor for hours on end…
Hello! A quick update from work, where they have power and therefore the interwebs.
For those of you in and out of Aus worrying about my fate, all is well. There's a tree down on the pool (thankfully it only clipped the house on the way down; damage yet to be assessed but we're not open to the elements at least), but otherwise the storm has passed and now it's just a matter of cleaning up. We may not have power until the end of the week, and of course our phone line is still down. But at least the trees blocking the road either side of us have been removed, and I can get out of the house now.
For those of you who have no idea what I'm talking about, it all started on Friday morning, when gale-force winds and mammoth seas drove an empty coal tanker onto the beach. Seriously, it's only 100m offshore.
There were fears for three other ships at the time, struggling less than a kilometre offshore, engines at full-power yet unable to make any headway.
The storm on Friday night caused flash flooding in the CBD, among other areas.
My brother, caught in the flood, had to abandon his car in waist-deep water and
walk wade home. It also uprooted trees and downed power lines over the entire region.
Definitely one of the worst weekends I've ever had to live through — especially when news forecasts predicted Saturday night's returning storm would in fact be worse than Friday night's. Worse than lifesavers ferrying people along the main street on jetskis? Worse than a tree on the house? Let's just say I had the cats' carrycases ready and the car packed.
Luckily the wind was from a different direction, and mostly passed us by, this time without any further damage. It's not over for people up the valley, however: all that rain means major flooding in the riverine system, with thousands of homes evacuated and the river still to reach its peak in some places.
I'll update again when we have power (and hot showers!) back. In the meantime, if I've missed anything important, leave me a comment here — there's no way I'm trawling through a missed weekend's worth of blog posts, for all y'all are a chatty lot.
See you on the other side!