This has been an interesting experience ...
I've lost some weight over the past 5 days - fear seems to boost my
metabolic rate ...
Located at 19.19 south 146.68 east, about 200km south of where the eye
crossed the coast. Not game to use the anemometer, but even at this
distance, wind pressure at height was well over 160km/hr, probably nearer
200, judging by the deflection of window glass on the upwind side.
No damage to house, or any of the half-dozen houses I have worked on in the
area. Predictions of storm surge varied between 0.8 and 2.9m but did not
Just as well. We stayed put, and at 2.9m, we could have had waves bursting
up through the floor.
Worst problem is a large Acacia that has split in three directions, one
piece resting precariously on the edge of the roof at about 3.5m above
ground level. I'll need Emergency Services help with that one I reckon.
Pair of Stone Curlews with two chicks were resident in the side yard at the
time, and they have all survived. Good defence response - the parents
flatten themselves out on the ground with the chicks underneath.
Doomsayers have been busy of course, but this event is not unprecedented.
Will be good for business - "It is an ill wind that blows nobody any good."