Saturday, 1 February 2014

Cyclone damage again

We have had a weak category two cyclone cross the coast just north of us early yesterday morning.  The rain (about 160 ml) was very welcome, but the wind we had for the previous three days was definitely not!

 The botanic Gardens lost several trees and had lots of branches broken off, but the damage could have been a whole lot worse.
 The big panic had been that the predicted time for the cyclone to cross the coast would have clashed with the top of the biggest tide of the year - 6.56 metres.  The storm surge was predicted to be another 2 metres above that.  Thankfully Dylan decided to move in a hurry and crossed the coast nearly eight yours ahead of schedule.
This photo is of the Eulamere lagoon at the Gardens, taken at the peak of the King tide.  The water did not even cover the boardwalk in the distance.  Hopefully a lot more of the noxious lettuce weed will have been washed out to sea though.  There were some low lying areas of Mackay which were flooded, but that always happens with the King tides.
We had a couple of days of lovely cool weather, but it has turned with a vengeance today - very, very humid and quite hot.
I need to go and rake up some of the leaves all round the garden, they will have dried out by now.  At least everything looks beautifully green round here, and the mowing contractors came to mow the lawn on Wednesday, so that is a joy to look at also.
I still have nothing crafty to show, but I have started doing a felting course with Jackie Cardy, so I should have something soon.


  1. It's heartbreaking to see perfectly healthy trees blown down or damaged. Glad things were no worse for the Gardens and that you are safe. Hope things cool down again soon and I'm looking forward to seeing your felting pieces. I was tempted by Jackie's course and love her work, but I still have plenty on my plate at present and am not ready to take on anything else.

  2. So glad you didnt have any trees down, I see there is another cyclone off the coast.

  3. I have been thinking of you Robin, thank goodness the cyclone did not do a lot of damage.

  4. Thank goodness the worst we have here is a bit of a gale. Glad things are not too bad for you.

  5. So glad you are safe and the storm didn't do more damage! We were worried about our daughter and her family, but thank goodness they weren't in the cyclone's path.

  6. It is so sad to see trees like this but I'm glad that it wasn't worse. I bet you're enjoying Jackie's course.

  7. Strange weather everywhere! Such a shame abut the trees but glad you are ok.
    Lucky you to be doing Jackie's course....should be wonderful.


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