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cyclone pam is coming and about to blow me away
what's the most extreme weather you've ever been in?
They should've come up with a more ferocious sounding name for it.
30 plus degrees celsius, there a bit early waiting around for the agent. Only been in Brisbane for a week. Get a text from a friend saying "Big storm on the way, take cover". Think "What are you talking about", step out into the street, see wall of black cloud in distance. Think "huh, that looks cool". Five minutes later, clouds overhead and starts to rain. Hard. Think that the umbrella won't be enough, so go up to the house porch to take shelter. Ring the doorbell in case anyone's in to explain but no response.
Then the storm kicked in. Heavier rain than I've ever seen in my life, coming in almost horizontally, fortunately our position kept us sheltered enough to not feel anything. Decide to put my festival poncho on. Fork lightning strikes every few seconds. Rain turns to hail, bigger hail than I've ever seen. All really novel and interesting and finding it all quite funny when suddenly a power cable snaps with sparks and flames in the street as it comes down. Suddenly realise this could get dangerous. Hail gets bigger, see some windows smash, particularly car windshields. After about 40 minutes it stopped and cleared up. Take my poncho off.
Agent turned up, took a look around the place, was ok, but a bit far out. Then had a 3 hour journey back trying to find trains / buses / anything that was still running as a huge number of roads were flooded / blocked by fallen trees and debris. Thought it was a standard Queensland storm until I saw the news in the evening and found out it was the biggest in 20 years or something. Not a very interesting story, but neither was that film The Impossible and that was much bigger.
extreme weather. simultaneously thrilling and horrifying. should be cause for concern, but the child within always gets all caught up in it. the media too, evidently.
but with Cyclone Marcia the other day, the hype was so overwhelming that we went out and got our supplies for dealing with a week of no power, water etc. ready for anything.
Barely more than a couple of days of heavy rain in the end. There were some massive floods here in 2011 & 2013 that still have everyone a bit twitchy, and the media play up on it.
because of Marcia
Yeah, that line kind of killed me.
(Also, I saw the pics from that storm all over my family and friends' facebooks.)
It rained a bit.
From the way the Herald was working itself up into a froth about the coming storm, you'd have thought it was armageddon. Turned out to be just a pretty miserable night.
I was working at Penrose Train Station for the Eagles concert at Mt Smart, and they even brought the stage time forward by an hour and a half. I was hoping for proper howling winds and a lashing by horizontal rain. I love being out in that shit.
Listening to some talk radio show, it was all they were discussing. What actions are you taking to protect yourself, shopkeepers saying that they're running low on supplies, good-lucks and take-cares being wished around.
It then rained for a few hours. Not even particularly heavy rain.
I find the media here tend to get a bit over-excited about this stuff. It's probably a bit cynical of me, but I get the impression that they almost want these things to turn sour, just so they have something exciting to report on for a change.
"DO YOU KNOW ANY KIWIS AFFECTED BY THE CYCLONE IN VANUATA? TELL US IMMEDIATELY BY CLICKING HERE!"
"HOW ARE YOU PREPARING FOR THE EXTREME WEATHER? TELL US BY CLICKING HERE RIGHT NOW OR WE'LL HAVE TO REPORT ON FUCKING HOUSE PRICES AGAIN!" :D
Vanuata did get almost totally done over though, looks awful out there.
meant to get worse overnight. i've got to walk home late tonight so i'll give updates on my travels.
trying to secure the building and this asshole horse is opening windows everywhere
Desperately trying to make it a thing. Been watching about five minutes and they haven't mentioned the actually dead people in Vanuatu yet.
Meanwhile about 50 houses in Waitakere, a relatively decent semi-rural suburb of Auckland, lost power for a bit.
Trying to build it up into a big disaster. Kinda undercut by the kids running around playing and throwing sticks into the water.
Must be the stressful weather on my mind.
and you're STILL irked over our beeves from 5eva ago
One day was 46 and the next was 48.5, there was this baking wind blowing as well and you could feel it shrivelling your eyeballs when you went outside.
and i had to hang up my jacket :(
lol out loud