Sunday, January 27, 2013

Storms in Canberra

Last night (Saturday 26th) we had the biggest storm that I can ever remember since we have lived here in the ACT
I had gone to pick up Ebony at around 5.30pm and as we were driving home we were confronted by a fierce electrical storm with lightning zapping down in forks all over the sky and then the rain started as well as the wind.
It was very scary to be out in it.
The rain was falling in sheets straight down-Ebony and I sat in the car under the carport for ages but eventually we had to make a run for it and ended up looking like two drowned rats.
There has been a lot of damage with trees being uprooted or split in half.
The creek near our place was flooded in a very short time.
When I went to Church this morning we discovered a lot of damage when the drain pipes and gutters couldn't cope with all the water causing it to overflow into the ceilings causing them to collapse and flood the carpets.
Our Op-Shop which is in part of the building also leaked causing damage to several racks of clothes.
We lost the power at about 6.30pm (hadn't had our dinner) but managed to rake up a good salad and we were able to find some candles which gave us some light as it got darker.
At around 11pm we heard the refridgerator click back on and we found everything that was connected to the powerpoints was working (fridge-freezer-oven-microwave-bedside lamps-TV) but we didn't have any lights.
We went to bed by torch light and I got up at around 4am to go to the loo (still in darkness.)
There I was sitting on the loo minding my own business when suddenly all the light came on---it scared the living daylights out of me.
Anyway we are all back to square one now but the weather gods tell us we are in for another one tonight.
I have enclosed a photo that was on the Canberra Times and the ABC websites which shows the rain dropping straight down from the clouds.
I think this was taken as the storm approached because as it hit the suburbs it became very dark.
You will notice the dry grass in the foreground caused by the lack of water.

Parts of Australia are experiencing bush fires-other parts are having cyclones and floods.
But it is still a great country to live in.


Heather said...

That's an amazing picture Doreen - it looks almost like a cloudburst. It must have been very scary.
No-one wants bright light at 4am - no matter what they are doing! Strangely we had thunder and lightening last night plus heavy rain, but nothing like yours.
Keep safe tonight. Poor Australia - it is taking a real pasting this year.

Suztats said...

Wow, it sounds like a scary time, but I'm glad you and yours are fine. The weather has been very strange and violent in many places......hoping everyone stays safe. Hugs

Magpie's Mumblings said...

At least the rain part of the storm was welcome, but it would have been much nicer had it come a little slower so it would soak in. As for the illumination at 4 am? I'll bet you screeched and scared the daylights out of hubby.

Janet said...

Wow...that photo is amazing! I'm glad you and Ebony made it home safe and sound even if you did get wet. I'll be thinking of you today and hope that the storms pass you by.

Maggi said...

An amazing photo. Sounds like it was very scary. Stay safe.

Jen xo said...

I cant believe all the flooding the north is having.... and fires here still too...glad you your are safe tho.....:)

Pat said...

Oh bless, sorry but I did laugh at your loo experience. The weather these days seems to be upside down everywhere. We spent last year with a hosepipe ban and now there are flood warning all over. Hope it settles down for you sooon.

Dorothy said...

Gosh, we are a country of such contrast aren't we.Fire, floods and drought.We were at my brother's farm recently and were engulfed in a huge dust storm many miles wide, could see it coming for such a long time, and this is the storm that took all the roofs and damaged the whole town of Karlgarin. We had a massive electrical storm four hours later.
Scary stuff everywhere, but we have all lived to tell the tale.

Gina E. said...

Yep, all that and more, but like you I'd still rather live here than anywhere else in the world! (But it's nice to see how the other half live now and then)