On Saturday (it's now Tuesday afternoon here) we had a Category 2 cyclone called "Marcus" come right through Darwin city. It was quite interesting for us, having never seen one before. We sat out on the front verandah watching the wind pick up and then some huge trees across the road came falling down and it got a bit worse, so then we went inside for a bit. It lasted about 4 hours or so. Heard a few bangs and crashes - one was our antenna coming off the roof and we had a few trees come down in the backyard. One of them snapped about 5 metres up and dropped into the neighbour's pool.
This one was only category 2, but because so many trees got ripped out by the roots there's a massive cleanup to be done. We were without power and internet since 1pm Saturday until 5am this morning (Tuesday), but luckily have a generator, so our food could be saved.
We are meant to get another one later this week....this time we'll be prepared and get some beer in advance!
Hi Jan, yeah, we heard that too, but apparently Cyclone Nora is heading for Queensland now. School was closed for two days because the power was off. The kids were a bit confused when they came back on Wednesday, particularly the ones with autism (due to the change in routine), but did very well considering. Apparently one of my students wanted to go outside and play during the cyclone & had a meltdown when his parents wouldn't let him.
Yes, Bonnie and Pinky (Bourke's parrot) were both inside. Lucky I brought Pinky in on Friday, because the bird aviary got blown over completely...:0
Post by Jan and Shah on Mar 24, 2018 19:11:50 GMT -5
I saw the picture of your bird aviary. Was it easy to repair? Those poor children - they do love routine so they must have been out of whack by spending 2 days at home. And one of them wanting to play outside in the cyclone - yikes, he would have been blown all the way to Sydney
Actually the aviary wasn't really damaged, just got tipped over. Now that I know the other cyclone isn't coming this way I'll put Pinky back in there (she prefers it outside). Yep, some of the autistic kids have no sense of self-preservation - quite a few aren't scared of anything and don't even try to protect themselves. Watching them have 'near misses' with safety issues can be nerve-wracking at times...:0