Sunday Natter

We've had the week from hell.  A superstorm hit our area last Monday, power off from 9.30 pm Monday and son and the "builder" only got their power back on at 9.30 am Saturday.  We got hit pretty badly, yet no damage to my house although my garden is a little worse for wear.  Managed to make it to my Mums house on Thursday, very worried about her especially seeing this just a couple of houses away from her.

 

Ciao

from the lady that downsized to a "bigger" house

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Comments (28)

  1. johnnygreybeard

    Oh my!

    April 26, 2015
    1. sharnsgarden

      It was definitely an oh my couple of days, I need to check my large gum trees to ensure that they are still safely rooted to the ground.

      April 26, 2015
      1. johnnygreybeard

        I sure hope so… Shame to lose such wonderful trees.

        April 26, 2015
  2. Phat

    Yeah we’re getting thunder and heavy rain down here to. You guys coped it big time though.

    April 26, 2015
    1. sharnsgarden

      We certainly did, Monday night and Tuesday were very worrying I’m surrounded by massive gum trees and most of the living areas of my house are windows and sliding glass doors, the gale force winds coupled with the rain was just scary. Last nights hail storm didn’t help and today it’s raining. I’ve got a lot of debris to clean up i.e. broken branches, a million gum leaves and a devastated garden. That should keep me off the streets for a little while at least

      April 26, 2015
  3. cjb321

    Oh boy! Hope no one was hurt badly.

    April 26, 2015
    1. sharnsgarden

      cjb it was a super storm that rolled in overnight then stayed and played with us for another day and a half. 200,000 homes at one stage were without electricity, my sister that lives a couple of suburbs away relies on oxygen to survive, she went and stayed with another sister who lives in the same suburb as me, she had power I didn’t, my Mum who lives 50 miles away didn’t have power, the “builder” 3 suburbs away his power came back on on Saturday, son 1 suburb closer power back on Saturday, we were all very lucky, no structural damage only a lot of tree and garden damage and inconvenience.

      April 26, 2015
  4. Bettymom

    Yikes! Hope the car was empty at the time!

    April 26, 2015
    1. sharnsgarden

      It certainly was, lots of car have been destroyed due to falling trees, massive branches and walls, as far as I know there has only been 3 deaths and that was because of flood water washing away houses.

      April 26, 2015
  5. EyeVey

    I wondered where you were! Glad you’re all okay!

    April 26, 2015
    1. sharnsgarden

      That’s the best part, we all weathered the storm with very little damage to property, most of us have had to throw away the contents of our freezers and refrigerators and there hasn’t been a great deal of personal injury although 3 people died when their houses were washed away by flood waters. Everybody we know is okay and none of us have suffered damage to our houses, yet driving around it would appear to be just a case of really really good luck

      April 26, 2015
      1. EyeVey

        Back in 2005 Hurricane Wilma hit here and the damage was unbelievable. Twelve days without electric, long gas lines, and only a very few grocery stores open.

        April 26, 2015
        1. sharnsgarden

          We were very lucky, the area was declared a disaster zone and help was pretty immediate, there is a volunteer organization here in Australia called State Emergency Service (SES) who combine with the Rural Fire Service (another volunteer organization), the Fire Brigade and police and roll into action as soon as possible. Our Electricity provider called in staff from other states, it’s now a week since the super storm hit and there is now only 800 houses without power, a Herculean effort the clean up continues, I’ve spent every day since Thursday clearing wind borne vegetation and probably have another weeks work.
          The damage here was massive and will take months to repair, but all said and done it could have been a lot worse.

          April 27, 2015
  6. SEC

    Glad that you came through in one piece.

    April 26, 2015
    1. sharnsgarden

      SEC it was a Category 2 cyclone, however they will not admit it they are just calling it a super storm, we are too far south for them to acknowledge it as a Cyclone.We have all been very lucky, family and friends none of us have any serious damage, yet there are thousands of trees down, houses destroyed, car destroyed and at one stage 200,000 homes were without power

      April 26, 2015
      1. SEC

        You’ve discovered a new species of climate deniers?

        April 26, 2015
        1. sharnsgarden

          Our Bureau of Meteorology has always been climate deniers, it’s only recently that they have acknowledged that we have tornadoes (something that those who live here know) they’re nowhere near as severe as what hits America, but they are tornadoes all the same.

          April 27, 2015
          1. SEC

            Oh my word

            April 27, 2015
      2. EyeVey

        Same thing in 2005 here…we all knew it had to be a category 3 by the damage. Took a damn long time to get help here.

        April 26, 2015
  7. shadowstarz

    Thinking of you and yours, up that way !
    We caught the tail end of those storms, all this week. However, my friends in Sydney, weren’t so luck.

    April 26, 2015
    1. sharnsgarden

      I think the hail storm on Saturday just topped of an incredible of nature behaving badly.I was lucky and all I have is wind borne vegetation to clean up, however I need someone to look at one of my biggest gum trees, it’s showing signs of being on the verge of falling, so hope I’m wrong.

      April 27, 2015
  8. noahbody

    So mom is safe? Thank God! Nature is running amok…. I’ll bet generators sold out in a blink….

    April 26, 2015
    1. sharnsgarden

      Tony I have a generator purchased when we did a trip to Cape Melville in 2001, it’s been used a number of times over the years, in 2004 when we lost power for 3 weeks it was a life saver, my 30 yo son used it this time to keep his freezer going for a week but you are right the generators did sell out quickly but every store all over the country sent them to their stores in the effected areas, ice was a big problem and getting fuel, money out of ATM’s (Automatic Teller Machines) and paying in store with cards ~ no internet connections so unless you had a stash of cash it was sometimes remarkably hard.

      April 27, 2015
      1. noahbody

        I can only imagine. No one keeps much cash these days. perhaps we should.

        April 27, 2015
  9. belladora

    I had no idea how bad this storm was. Had no idea of the damage done. So sorry you all had to go through this. More and more storms are wreaking havoc. Bless you all.

    April 27, 2015
    1. sharnsgarden

      We have these type of storm about every 10 years and we are actually coming into our severe storm season, usually they hit the coast (I live on the coast) then bounce back to sea, this one didn’t it hung around coupled with a low pressure system from the west it just got worse and worse, but we survived with minimum damage.

      April 27, 2015
      1. belladora

        Thank God.

        April 27, 2015
  10. elmo194855

    Glad you and your family are all okay. I hate storms! Hope Mother Nature takes some pity on your continent for a while1

    April 27, 2015