ex-Tropical Cyclone Oswald now has my attention

Bargara 26.01.13 (ABC news)

Bargara 26.01.13 (ABC news)

January 26th, 2013


Just 4 days ago, in what was shaping up to be one of the driest Januarys on record here, following a very dry Spring, our river – the South Mooloolah – had been dry for so long it was not so much a river bed as a garden bed, and the bits of our forested block that should be green were turning brown, we were keeping an eye on the troubling possibility of bushfire.

Today, having received around 130mm of blessed rain in the past 3 days, thanks to the ex-tropical cyclone Lee Harvey Oswald which has been dumping torrents of water all down the QLD coast and causing havoc in places like Townsville, Rockhampton and Gladstone (I note that a ‘mini-cyclone’ has just blasted the small Wide Bay town of Bargara about 3 hours north of us), I decided it was time to nimbly switch from ‘fire-preparedness mode’ to ‘flood-contingency mode’.


Generator serviced and spun up to test – check πŸ™‚

Generator fuel supply – check πŸ™‚

(Thanks to generator: water pump, lights, refrigeration, internet and phone all OK in the event of mains power supply failure)

Diabetes management supplies – check πŸ™‚

Food for a few days should we be cut off (as tends to happen on occasions like this) – check πŸ™‚

Bottled gas for the stove – check πŸ™‚

Potential missiles cleared away from around the house in the event of strong winds – check πŸ™‚

Wife home from work and not needing to drive there again for at least 48 hours – check πŸ™‚

Torches, radio and lantern batteries – check πŸ™‚

Bar stocked – check πŸ™‚

(This last item is true as we received a wine delivery this morning; though it is not usually a part of my flood/storm preparedness checklist.) πŸ˜‰

Alert, but not alarmed. The next 48 hours will tell…

Stand To!


~ by Garry on January 26, 2013.

3 Responses to “ex-Tropical Cyclone Oswald now has my attention”

  1. Memories of January 1974 long weekend on Sunshine Beach. Can you believe that is 39 years ago? Your preparations are exemplary (even if the stocking of the bar is good luck not good management.) Our total till now is 84mm.
    So glad you are home for a few days Tamara.
    Mum and Dad

  2. The wine delivery was serendipitous….glad his truck made it through the swelling stream.
    Fascinating how quickly one has to adjust to the extremes of the Aussie climate.

  3. […] Yesterday, I mentioned that I had made some preparations for the passage of ex-TC Lee Harvey Oswald, who was tracking down the QLD coast towards us, and who had been kindly wetting down a very dry landscape, but, unfortunately whipping up some tornado activity along the way. Nasty that. […]

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