Saturday, 25 April 2015

Storm in a teacup - Postcards from the NSW cyclone!

Firstly, let me apologise for not having posted in almost a week! I've been offline for a few days. Apparently we had a little cyclone here. Or so they say, category two, destructive winds, flooding rains.

It all started on Monday night. The rain began. Then the wind. I thought it would pass like usual, so we put the koala to bed, then a few hours later we went to bed. It was a rough night! It felt like we were in a tornado. I swear the roof was going to fly off at one point. We got up the next morning and had no power. Which of course meant no coffee! Sad face! Mama needs her coffee. Heading out to the living room and looking out at the lake, I felt like we were really living by the beach with metre high waves! Our yard was full of boats (ok, not full but there were a few) which had come off their moorings and the water had clearly risen.
The lake - there is meant to be a jetty in the first picture, but its hidden under a few metres of water!
The poor yellow boat broke its mooring and got beached.
The wild weather kept up all day until mid afternoon when we finally got power back and the wind calmed down. Thank god. It was over. Or was it?

A few hours later the wind picked up again and we had another wild night! The next morning, everything was calm. Again I walked out to the living room. No power. Super sad face! The water had risen a few metres and was lapping the back deck. No internet. No phone connection. It was like we were on a little island. Around lunchtime, hubby thought he better venture out to find a phone and call his school. 'Lu' he yelled. Heading out the front. A tree had fallen on the car. S@#*! We aren't covered for cyclone damage. Sigh.... So he takes my parents car, who are incidentally overseas and missed it all. He reports back an hour later saying its like a war zone in our little town. Power lines down. Trees across the roads. The Coles in the next town over was thankfully open but running on a generator so he stocked up on bottled water and Pepsi Max (he has an obsession).

For days we had no power, no phone reception, no internet, no way of knowing the world existed outside our house. I think by Thursday I started to go insane. I hadn't seen another human other than my baby all day and other than my husband, I hadn't spoken a word to anyone. our two outings for the week - babies and books on Tuesday and mothers group on Wednesday were no-gos for obvious reasons. It's now Saturday and we finally internet back. And power! (yay coffeeeeeeee!) Still no phones though. I headed out with the koala for a walk to survey the damage. Here are some of my snaps 5 days after it all started.




A big shout out to the SES for doing such a fantastic job! They have spent the last few days here clearing the roads and chopping up all the massive trees that fell.

P.s. I can't believe how much I relied on technology until I didn't have it! Oh Instagram, how I missed thee....

xo


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14 comments:

  1. OMG Lu that's intense! We had some minor flooding & our backyard rearranged itself, but were pretty lucky overall. Some crazy stuff though! Glad you guys are safe x

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    1. It was pretty insane! Could have been much worse given house bushy our area is!

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  2. Gosh that looks absolutely terrifying! Glad everyone is ok

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    1. It was a little. Bub wasn't actually as worried as we were!

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  3. Scary! Being cut off like that and surrounded by water. Close scrape.

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    1. yes, luckily I think we got off pretty lightly!

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  4. This sounds scary, you had a lucky escape! It's true, we don't realise how much we rely on technology until we're without it. Visiting from the Blog Fair Link Party:)

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    1. I missed my technology so much! Mostly it was the inability to connect with the outside world. It's nice knowing you arent alone, especially when you spend the entire day with no communication with anyone but a 7 month old!

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  5. Glad you are getting back to normal and you are all OK! Thanks for sharing your story and photos with the BlogFairLinkParty at mummydoit.co.nz

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    1. Thanks :) Looking forward to stopping by again next week!

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  6. What a scary experience. Our NSW property suffered only slight damage, mainly fences down but it was a nervous time trying to keep up with what was going on here in Perth and hoping all our family and friends remained safe. Can't believe some people were without power for over a week.

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    1. I actually think some of the Hunter might still be powerless :( now there's apparently another storm about to hit and might bring poor flooding. I feel sorry for everyone who has lost houses or suffered damage during these storms!

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  7. I watched it on the news - it looked and sounded like a horrible cyclone! Glad you guys are okay and you have had your instagram fix :) Have a great weekend.
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    1. Thanks :) There's still a bit of cleaning up around but it's all getting back to normal now!

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