So what am I doing this long weekend? I was going to camp for four days, but the weather prevented that from happening. That has been a good thing though, because I’m spending my time getting particularbaptist.com back online and fully functional again. It has been far too long on the backburn.
Last Sunday the region was hit by yet another major storm, leaving more damage in its wake. This was the third major storm this season. The first included a tornado which caused significant damage where I work and throughout the town. The second was probably the most significant of the three storms as far as the amount of damage it inflicted on the region, with the consequences for the surrounds of my place being very similar to that of the latest damage done. This third storm produced almost identical damage to my place (grounds) as the second.
The photo above shows the damage at the front of my place and the photo below that behind my place. Power was out for some time following the storm and I believe some areas are still without electricity. There has been much damage throughout the Tea Gardens and Hawks Nest area, with many fallen trees and branches.
I am now home from hospital and surgery, and will soon post about my hospital experience and stay. Prior to going to hospital, my region in Tea Gardens and Hawks Nest was hit by a severe storm which caused significant damage in both towns. This was on the 29th October 2013 and there is still much to be done to clean up and repair the damage.
Most Australians don’t think we get tornadoes in Australia. Sure, we’ve all seen the waterspouts of the coast, which seem to be increasing in number over recent years. Tornadoes however are a different kettle of fish altogether. We get little ‘dust devils’ and these are fairly common in the outback, but fully-fledged tornadoes – very rare. But even these seem to be occurring on a more regular basis in Australia and we sure experienced one (though short-lived) at work on Thursday last week.
I and another guy that I work with were hedging in any area of the village as a storm front approached from the west. As the storm hit we took shelter under a porch leading to the entrance of a house. As we stood there out of the pouring rain which was quickly becoming torrential, we commented on the rotating clouds toward the centre of the approaching storm. I mentioned that that was how tornadoes started and then very quickly we heard a roaring sound just down the road from where we were standing. We had a bit of a look in the direction of the noise and saw a tornado in the vicinity of the pool area, about 100m away from where we were standing. All manner of stuff was being sucked up into the air and it was fairly clear that some serious damage was occurring. However, it was soon over and seemed to last not much more than 10 seconds. Soon after the hail started and there was plenty of it as we were pummelled by it in the now inadequate shelter we found ourselves in.
After the storm had passed we ventured down to the site of the tornado and found the destruction it had wrought. Thankfully the damage was limited to the outdoor furniture of the pool area and the immediate surroundings of it. We had to pluck a bit of furniture out of the lake next to the pool and there was glass all over the immediate area (from the glass topped tables). Incredibly none of the structures were damaged apart from one downpipe.