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Sunday, May 24, 2015

Oops! I didn't post again! Part 3 aka The very late and amended edition!

I know this post is super late, but I like to use my blog as a diary. Whilst it was written a few weeks ago, life interfered, but I would like to add it any way.

Well, finally I am back...again a month later!!!! Some of you will be aware of the terrible weather that lashed Newcastle and surrounding areas this week last month, cyclonic conditions, electricity outages for extended periods, damage to property and, most sadly, loss of life.
 We were without power for 60+ hours and regard ourselves as fortunate as our home was safe and snug, I was amazed at how REALLY dark it is without lights!
And the sound of the storm was relentless- it was almost overwhelming towards the end coupled with the harmonics from the power lines, and the suddenly an eerie stillness fell, I cannot imagine how a tornado would sound!
We had a gas cooktop so I was able to cook for us and Mum, and Mum had a thermos of hot water delivered morning and night. She wanted to stay in her own home so we stocked her up with batteries and lamps, she was well cared for! I showered at a neighbours and we managed well. Molly and Aris weathered the storm also, no doubt quietly wondering had their family not paid a bill!
We had neighbours trees resting in our yard, but no real harm done.
A large jacaranda and gum blew down behind us- really sad to see these large trees lost.
Across the road a large tree brought down power lines and then lay suspended over our neighbours car! The car escaped with minor damage. But it was quite spectacular in a weird sort of way.
This weekend has been all about the clean up, our little neighbours donned gumboots and came to help too which was fun.
We were all very pleased to see the electricity emergency crews make it to our street.
Really, it was all about checking on friends, neighbours and even strangers to make sure they are okay.
Many areas were without power for much longer and some communities have struggled post flood. I noted in yesterdays newspapers that our  little suburb was the second hardest hit in our local government area with 3,600 homes (the entire suburb) losing power  and in the whole are over 10,000 trees were lost.
I attended work the next morning during the height of the storm and the destruction was amazing to see.
From it all I think how lucky we are to have good services, disaster planning and strong communities- we managed where many people in other countries are not so fortunate.

Cardygirl xx





17 comments:

loulee said...

So glad that you are all safe.
That was some storm!

simplestitches said...

wow...glad you are all safe and well.

shez said...

oh my Cardy,i am so glad that you and your family are okay,so sad for those that lost their lives xx

Lorraine said...

Glad you survived relatively unscathed...we are indeed fortunate here to have disaster plans in place and dedicated crews to restore power and other services after what used to be called a storm, but more often referred to as a "weather event" these days!

Susan said...

So glad that you are ok and without too much damage. The footage on tv was incredible, Mother Nature has been quite wild lately.

Heather said...

Oh my, what a storm. So happy that you and your home survived and that things have returned to normal.

Too many eggs said...

it 's sad to hear that month on there are still people whom are continuing to have problems as a result of the storm. Let's hope it something we don't see again for many years. it was amazing to see the sense of community emerge

paulette said...

Oh my goodness! I am so thankful that there wasn't too much damage and that everyone is alright! You take care and batten down those hatches!!!
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Sue SA said...

Glad to hear that you weathered out the storm without any major damage. Its a pity about the trees, but that is part of mother nature. I think your right, we do have good emergency services and should be grateful of the wonderful work they do.

suzitee said...

I'm glad you are safe and sound, without too much damage! Alas, my hometown of Dungog did not fare so well, and it was an anxious few days hoping that everyone was ok. My brother lost his house (the one floating down the street on the news!) but didn't lose any personal property as he had it rented out. Crazy weather over there lately!

Brenda said...

Community is a wonderful thing.

Chookyblue...... said...

you can survive with out modern technology......hard way to find out........but it does bring people and communities together......

Kevin the Quilter said...

Thank goodness you all are safe and sound!

Lynda said...

The storms this autumn have been frightening. So glad you and your family were ok.

pandchintz said...

I'm so glad you and yours are ok and survived with only minor damage to your propert. Such a scary time for you.

iwan wan said...

Sewing friends are wonderful! I don't have any here in the small town where I live, so I connect virtually with quilters through my blog and Instagram. It's great to have so many like-minded friends, even if I've never actually met any of them!

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liz said...

You really were in the eye of the storm. It must have been frightening. Not knowing how long you have to manage without electricity is quite a challenge. I hope everything is back to normal now.