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April 14, 2014 / diannegray

The storm has moved on

I’ve been offline for a few days. Thanks to everyone who contacted me here or by email and on Facebook to see how I was weathering the storm.

Last week, severe tropical cyclone Ita threatened to hit the coast to our north as a category 5 storm with wind speeds of 300+kmph. On the Beaufort Wind Scale this is a 12+ – the most powerful hurricane you can get. Just before it hit the coast it was downgraded to a category 4 with wind speeds of around 250kmph. Then it hung around and hung around and very slowly moved south towards us. By the time it hit our region during Friday and Saturday it was a category 1 with wind speeds of about 100kmph.

We had spent most of last week tidying up around the farm as if we were expecting visitors. We didn’t want any flying debris.

All my windows and doors survived in tact. We lost part of a mango tree. We had some flooding.

I told you I always wanted an Olympic size swimming pool.

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Where there was once a road there was now water

The water cleared up very quickly after the storm passed as you can see by the photo below that I took this morning.

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all clear now

Once the water in the creek had gone down we took the dogs for a swim.

Below is what the creek looked like before.

Creek before1

Creek after1

The dogs loved paddling in that extra bit of water

So it’s all business as usual at the RUC now. I’ll be catching up on your blogs and will (hopefully) finish my book trailer for The Everything Theory. I’ve had some great responses to the other trailers I’ve made and have put on YouTube.

For all those who are south of me, good luck with tropical cyclone Ita. She’s still moving down the coast and causing flooding. Stay safe all.

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  1. John / Apr 14 2014 7:35 am

    Wow glad all is well!

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    • diannegray / Apr 14 2014 7:49 am

      Thanks so much John – I was a little worried there for a while…

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  2. Sissym / Apr 14 2014 7:41 am

    I wish everything back to usual as soon as possible.

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  3. the eternal traveller / Apr 14 2014 7:52 am

    I was wondering yesterday how you were faring, and I’m very glad to hear that you came through unscathed. We’ve been at the Sunshine Coast all last week and the weather was glorious, but it turned nasty yesterday. Lucky we were leaving anyway. Take care.

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    • diannegray / Apr 14 2014 8:00 am

      Very lucky for you to be out of there because this thing is carrying an incredible amount of water and the flooding is causing a lot of problems. Thanks so much for thinking about me. I didn’t know how the RUC would cope with a cat 5 (yikes!) and was so relieved when it got weaker as it moved towards us πŸ˜‰

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      • the eternal traveller / Apr 14 2014 8:03 am

        It was sounding pretty scary for a while. From what we are hearing on the weather forecasts the bulk of the storm will move out to sea before it gets to us.

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      • diannegray / Apr 14 2014 8:39 am

        Fingers crossed it moves away soon and dies a very quick death πŸ˜‰

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  4. donnajeanmcdunn / Apr 14 2014 8:00 am

    Glad you guys are alright, Dianne. I saw on the news that Australia was going to have a bad one and I thought about you. I’m SO happy you are fine and your home is ok too. We are finally getting a decent rain here in the Midwest or the good old United States. Where I live in Iowa, it has been very dry for a long time, didn’t get much snow this winter either, so the rain here is very welcome for spring planting season just getting started.

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    • diannegray / Apr 14 2014 8:38 am

      Thanks so much, my dear! The east coast of Australia has certainly copped a battering over the past week, but the storm is now moving out to sea where we all hope it just dies a quick death! (lol). I know you’ve had some pretty bad storms in the past few years in Iowa so you’d know exactly what it’s like.

      It’s good to hear you’re now getting some rain for the Spring planting season πŸ˜€

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  5. avwalters / Apr 14 2014 8:05 am

    You’ve been on my mind. It’s a relief to know that the storm passed and left naught but good fun for dogs.

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    • diannegray / Apr 14 2014 8:43 am

      The dogs just loved the big swim (plus they’d been bored locked downstairs for a few days and really needed to get out) πŸ˜‰

      Thanks for all the best wishes and support on FB. I was getting pretty worried there for a while! πŸ˜‰

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  6. Jill Weatherholt / Apr 14 2014 8:18 am

    So relieved to know you and your family are okay, Dianne. Your photos are amazing, particularly the “all clear now” photo.
    When Mother Nature rears her ugly head, she can be a force to reckon with. Be safe!

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    • diannegray / Apr 14 2014 8:48 am

      Mother Nature can be wonderful and very cruel – I guess you just have to try and stay safe when she gets furious! At least the season is over now and there’ll be no more threats of storms until Christmas, but we’re told that next season won’t be as bad because of the cooling ocean. The US will be coming into it’s hurricane and tornado season soon and apparently it’s not going to be a bad one either for the same reason. Everyone can breathe a sigh of relief πŸ˜€

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  7. Carrie Rubin / Apr 14 2014 8:32 am

    So glad you didn’t suffer any great damage. After all the work you’ve put into your new home, it would be a shame to see it take a beating.

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    • diannegray / Apr 14 2014 8:53 am

      I was a bit worried about that. Not many places can withstand a cat 5 no matter how strong they are. They’re saying we ‘dodged a bullet’ and I’m so glad. Next season things will be a lot quieter because of the apparent ‘ocean cooling’ (I read that somewhere, can’t remember where now) and the US will be the same with a decrease in the severity of hurricanes. I think a lot of people are breathing a sigh of relief over that πŸ˜‰

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      • Carrie Rubin / Apr 14 2014 9:00 am

        Yes, I just read an article about that too–a calmer year ahead with regards to hurricanes.

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  8. Amy / Apr 14 2014 8:39 am

    Glad you are doing well! The creek is pretty, and the dog looks happy.

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    • diannegray / Apr 14 2014 8:54 am

      Thanks so much, Amy! The dogs were getting very bored having to stay under the house for two days and when we let them loose down at the creek they had an absolute ball! πŸ˜€

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  9. El Guapo / Apr 14 2014 8:49 am

    Glad you made it through with minimal head (and heart) ache.
    So have you gotten some good ideas to reinforce RUC before the next one?

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    • diannegray / Apr 14 2014 9:00 am

      The RUC is fully reinforced and has been ‘engineered’ to withstand the storms – but having said that, I don’t think any structure would survive a cat 5 unscathed. We’re rated to withstand a high cat 3 but I never really want to put that to the test (yikes!)

      My thoughts now are to build a brick shelter underneath so if we ever take a big hit, at least we will be safe if the top of the house goes.

      Fortunately these are fairly rare events, so I’ve got a few years to get those bricks laid! πŸ˜‰

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      • El Guapo / Apr 14 2014 9:16 am

        Please make sure you have proper drainage/sealing around the shelter. Looks like you’re dealing with a lot of water there.

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      • diannegray / Apr 14 2014 9:25 am

        Will do. I’d hate to be safe from the wind and end up drowning! The house is on a built-up pad but it’s high enough to put the brick structure up a step or two. We’ll seal it like waterproofing the bathroom and that should keep us out of the water πŸ˜‰ Thanks for all the good tips πŸ˜‰

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  10. nrhatch / Apr 14 2014 9:35 am

    Yay! Glad you came through the storm with only minor damage. Hurricanes and cyclones are scary stuff as they barrel across the water picking up steam.

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    • diannegray / Apr 14 2014 9:57 am

      It’s scary to watch them coming closer and getting stronger by the day. They seem to get a mind of their own when they get that big and can just fly in from any direction. I’m so glad it’s gone! πŸ˜€

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  11. Ruth Rainwater / Apr 14 2014 9:36 am

    I didn’t even know about the storm – I’ve been taking a ‘news break’ for a while!! Glad to know you’re okay.

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    • diannegray / Apr 14 2014 9:58 am

      It’s good to take a ‘news break’ – there’s too many awful things going on a round the world 😦 I’m breathing a big sigh of relief now πŸ˜€

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      • Ruth Rainwater / Apr 14 2014 10:10 am

        I’ve lived in hurricane areas so I understand that huge sigh of relief. πŸ™‚

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  12. Pagadan / Apr 14 2014 9:41 am

    I’m glad you came through all right! I did see it on the radar map on the weather report the other day, but was focusing on our weather. Thanks for the update! I remember years ago–here in Florida–after a hurricane, our dogs running through the water out back and sending up big waves!

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    • diannegray / Apr 14 2014 10:00 am

      The dogs were getting a bit bored being locked under the house for two days – they really let it all out when they hit the water at the creek, it was so fun to see πŸ˜€

      But I’m glad it’s gone now and we can get back to normal again πŸ˜‰

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  13. ramblingsfromamum / Apr 14 2014 9:45 am

    I am slack that I didn’t enquire as to how you were 😦 forgive me. I am glad you are all okay apart from the mess. Sorry you lost part of your mango tree 😦 at least the dogs are enjoying it ! Bonus! Apologies darling and as I said I am so happy you are all alright πŸ™‚ xxx

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    • diannegray / Apr 14 2014 10:04 am

      Don’t worry, Jen – I was also watching your weather in Melbourne which has been pretty bad as well. I’m not good with storms, so I was probably a little more nervous than others 😦

      I’m happy I’m alright now as well and that the birds are singing again – YAY πŸ˜€

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      • ramblingsfromamum / Apr 14 2014 4:41 pm

        Phew and good πŸ™‚ and I’m glad the birds are tra laa laa linging πŸ™‚ xx

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  14. Polysyllabic Profundities / Apr 14 2014 9:46 am

    So glad to hear all is well and you are safe and sound. That is some scary business!! xx

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    • diannegray / Apr 14 2014 9:54 am

      Thank you so much – I was very worried for a while there and so glad when it started to drop down a few categories! I’m breathing a few big sighs of relief! πŸ˜€

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      • Polysyllabic Profundities / Apr 14 2014 10:01 am

        We get some flooding problems and winter was awful this year, but we never have to deal with those storms. I can’t even imagine! Stay safe, my friend.

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  15. Photos With Finesse / Apr 14 2014 10:16 am

    OMG – I can’t even imagine attempting to keep my dog in for 2 days. He’d be eating the walls and mauling the owners. I have a friend in Louisiana who went through Katrina and, even worse for her, Gustav. I’m always grateful when I hear happy endings to horrible storms. Glad you’re safe!

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    • diannegray / Apr 14 2014 10:26 am

      Mother nature can certainly be wild when she wants to Suzan! I really feel for your friend, it’s awful and very scary getting caught up in big storms. We dodged a bullet with this one (thankfully) because it could easily have been so much worse.

      The dogs were about to riot after two days locked up – poor things, but they really enjoyed letting it all loose at the creek when it was all over πŸ˜€

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  16. Peter / Apr 14 2014 10:26 am

    This is our first year of dealing with lots of rain and I find it fascinating. Of course we aren’t having tropical cyclones! But here there is so much sand that water doesn’t stand very long at all. It’s there and then — whoops — it’s gone.

    Glad you are safe, and that the RUC survived it’s trial by water in good shape. Another good reason to be up there on those stilts too!

    Be safe,

    P

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    • diannegray / Apr 14 2014 10:30 am

      Thank you so much, Peter πŸ˜€

      These stilts come in very handy when the rain is like that, but it also clears very quickly (through the sugar cane fields and into the streams) once the rain subsides. I was a bit worried there for a while, but it all turned out okay in the end (thankfully!) πŸ˜‰

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      • Peter / Apr 14 2014 10:40 am

        There’s nothing wrong with a “little” worry — that’s God’s survival alarm!!!

        I can’t imagine 200 KM winds though. We get 80-90 mph winds right on the beach here and they tell me they’ve had 115 mph in a BAD storm but we weren’t here. Have to way to find out what they are like for ourselves.

        We are up on a hill — about 150ft above sea level where WE are — and the winds are somewhat diminished by the time they reach us — but they still howl pretty loudly and where we are we are surrounded by a ring of tall trees –whereas at the beach it’s all scrub vegetation. The looks of some of the 120 footers swaying in the wind is enough to give me the shivers — but we’re in a compound ALMOST big enough to avoid being hit (not quite) by falling timber. Argh.

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  17. bodhisattvaintraining / Apr 14 2014 10:46 am

    Thank goodness you survived intact – you know it’s BAD when abc was showing all day coverage!!

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    • diannegray / Apr 14 2014 10:53 am

      Yes – once it’s the only thing on a channel you know it’s pretty severe! I’m going over to check how they’re doing down south now. It’s probably almost reached the NSW coast. I was very worried there for a while, and so relived when it passed through! πŸ˜€

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      • bodhisattvaintraining / Apr 14 2014 10:54 am

        Between that and the little girl lost (found) it was all scary news from Qld !!

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  18. Jacqui Murray / Apr 14 2014 11:29 am

    So glad you’re OK. That was quite a scare.

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    • diannegray / Apr 14 2014 12:01 pm

      It certainly was, Jacqui! I don’t do well in storms – so glad it’s over now πŸ˜‰

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  19. JackieP / Apr 14 2014 11:40 am

    I was going to send you an email, but thought you would probably be offline because of the storm so didn’t. I should have anyway, but am so glad you are ok and so is the RUC.

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    • diannegray / Apr 14 2014 12:03 pm

      Thanks so much for thinking about me, Jackie! Most places lost power and I got messages on my phone that I would lose that service, but somehow it stayed on. I don’t know how – but I’m very grateful! πŸ˜€

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      • JackieP / Apr 14 2014 1:08 pm

        At least you are ok and that’s what is important.

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  20. ly / Apr 14 2014 11:43 am

    Good news!! Was thinking about you and was watching the swirls on the map you sent to me. And, I actually did think about those wonderful windows! Glad you and yours are fine.

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    • diannegray / Apr 14 2014 12:05 pm

      Thanks so much, Ly! That map is fantastic and was more up to date than the maps we were getting from the media. Just love those swirls (as long as they’re not near me) πŸ˜‰

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  21. EllaDee / Apr 14 2014 12:20 pm

    So pleased you’re ok and Cyclone Ita petered out a bit – I just haven’t been able to get that Cold Chisel song out of my head since they named it “… How could I not believe what Ita tells me to…”
    I laughed at your cleaning up as for visitors. For bad weather we prepare but for vistors we tidy up after πŸ˜‰ I’ve been keeping an eye on your weather on the TV news over the weekend, and also ours for Easter but according to Elders for us it will be Mostly Sunny.

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    • diannegray / Apr 14 2014 12:31 pm

      I’m glad it’s moved out to sea now and won’t put a damper on your lovely Easter weekend! That Cold Chisel song kept playing in my head as well (LOL) πŸ˜€

      Thanks for thinking of me – I was a little concerned there for a while but now very relaxed! πŸ˜‰

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  22. Sheila Morris / Apr 14 2014 12:31 pm

    Storms come and storms go but the RUC lives on to swim another day!! Your country is gorgeous, and i am very glad you safely weathered the wind and rains. Glad the trailers are coming along well – you are my high-tech author friend!! Best of luck with the book!!

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    • diannegray / Apr 14 2014 12:34 pm

      Thank you so much! So true that storms come and go (in many different forms!) and hopefully the RUC will be here for many years to come. Making the trailers has been a heap of fun. Thanks so much for visiting, my friend πŸ˜€

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  23. bulldog / Apr 14 2014 1:08 pm

    Glad to hear all is safe, been watching this storm on the telly and wondering, internet is a bit of a disaster here at the mo, and even cell phone coms disappears for a day… stay safe…

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    • diannegray / Apr 14 2014 4:11 pm

      Thank you so much, Rob. I hope the internet signal gets better soon πŸ˜€

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  24. Denise Hisey / Apr 14 2014 1:53 pm

    Scary…glad you are all doing fine.

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  25. y. prior / Apr 14 2014 1:57 pm

    wow – hope all gets back to normal soon – and that the Mango tree survives – πŸ™‚

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    • diannegray / Apr 14 2014 4:12 pm

      The mango tree needed a bit of a prune πŸ˜‰ It’s very big and old, but luckily it wasn’t the one that hangs over our house πŸ˜‰

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  26. davidprosser / Apr 14 2014 2:01 pm

    I’m glad to hear the damage was minimal Dianne and no injuries sustained. At least the dogs benefited.
    xxx Huge Hugs xxx

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    • diannegray / Apr 14 2014 4:14 pm

      The dogs weren’t worried at all and took it all in their stride – the only thing that annoyed them was not being able to run around for two days. I thought they’d be scared but they weren’t. They absolutely loved that run through the creek! πŸ˜€

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  27. anotherday2paradise / Apr 14 2014 3:30 pm

    So great to know that the RUC survived the storm. It must have got a really good wash though. πŸ™‚ I love your pics. and the story they tell. The ‘all clear now’ looks so beautiful and clean. Thanks for the update. Hugs to you. xx

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    • diannegray / Apr 14 2014 4:15 pm

      Thank you so much, Sylvia – I love hugs! πŸ˜€ xxx

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  28. harulawordsthatserve / Apr 14 2014 3:31 pm

    Oh DIanne, I had no id(e)a – I’m glad all is well now and that there was no serious damage. The photos of the creek are really pretty:-) Love and hugs, Harula xxx

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    • diannegray / Apr 14 2014 4:15 pm

      Thank you so much, Harua! No damage here (except to my nerves!) LOL πŸ˜€

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  29. jannatwrites / Apr 14 2014 4:24 pm

    I’m glad you’ve survived the storm! I haven’t seen a weather report for nearly 2 weeks, so I didn’t know you had a storm coming. Guess I should keep up better with what’s going on in the world πŸ™‚

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    • diannegray / Apr 15 2014 5:50 am

      Sometimes it’s best not to know, Janna πŸ˜‰

      Thank you so much for your thoughts. I was a bit concerned there for a while. I follow some blogs that I have no idea where the blogger lives so they could get hit by a typhoon and I wouldn’t have a clue πŸ˜€

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  30. Coffee2words / Apr 14 2014 5:11 pm

    Glad to hear you are all safe and not too much damage occurred. πŸ™‚

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    • diannegray / Apr 15 2014 5:51 am

      Thank you, my dear. It was touch and go there for a while. Makes life very interesting sometimes πŸ˜€

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  31. Jenny Ackland / Apr 14 2014 5:21 pm

    Wow glad you are okay we have been keeping fingers crossed for QLD people!

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    • diannegray / Apr 15 2014 5:52 am

      Thank you so much, Jen! I think we dodged a big bullet with this one πŸ˜€

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  32. Roy McCarthy / Apr 14 2014 5:32 pm

    Whoosh! Wonderful pictures. Glad you and the RUC weren’t washed away πŸ™‚ Here we had a series of pretty severe storms and the sea defences took a battering. Nature can be awesome – frightening and dangerous if you’re unprepared or less fortunate.

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    • diannegray / Apr 15 2014 5:56 am

      You’re absolutely right, Roy. This same stormed killed many people in the Solomons before it built up speed and headed for us. Sometimes it’s just the luck of the draw, but mother nature can be highly unpredictable and dangerous. I’m just glad it calmed down a bit before it hit us πŸ˜€

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  33. susipet / Apr 14 2014 6:11 pm

    So dramatic. Remember all this from my time in Aus. Glad you and yours are ok

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    • diannegray / Apr 15 2014 5:59 am

      Thank you so much, Susi πŸ˜€ I hope the memories of Aus are good ones! πŸ˜‰

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      • susipet / Apr 15 2014 6:15 am

        Oh yes… Great ones. Loved it. Still have my Aussie passport so returning always an option xxx

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      • diannegray / Apr 15 2014 6:52 am

        Wonderful! πŸ˜€

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  34. danpentagram / Apr 14 2014 9:56 pm

    Being English definitely has its benefits. We never have abrupt weather systems like that. It’s spring over here now, and the sun has finally decided to peek out from behind the clouds a little more.

    It is good to hear you are safe and well.

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    • diannegray / Apr 15 2014 6:02 am

      You are very lucky, Dan! I think these types of storms and those tornadoes they have in the US are the scariest. I’m glad Spring has come to your part of the world. Enjoy! πŸ˜€

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  35. Dawn Whitehand / Apr 14 2014 11:10 pm

    yes, been watching the storm… glad all is well πŸ™‚

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    • diannegray / Apr 15 2014 6:05 am

      It was a particularly nasty storm and devastated the Solomons before reaching here. I think a lot of people were ducking for cover and holding their breath. I’m just glad it lost a bit of it’s puff before it hit us. Thank you so much for your kind thoughts, Dawn πŸ˜€

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  36. pommepal / Apr 14 2014 11:11 pm

    That cyclone certainly was a biggy and I’m pleased to hear the good old RUC weathered the storm Dianne. I am without TV here but followed the progress of the cyclone on the internet

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  37. billyraychitwood1 / Apr 15 2014 1:11 am

    Thought about you and family while watching TV reports on the hurricane… So happy you and yours are okay. All the best…

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    • diannegray / Apr 15 2014 6:18 am

      Thank you so much, Billy Ray. I was glued to the TV and internet trying to figure out when and where it was going to hit. I’m just glad it lost a bit of puff before it hit us πŸ˜‰

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  38. mcwoman / Apr 15 2014 1:25 am

    Living in the northern hemisphere, I had no idea you were under the threat of a terrible storm. It’s a blessing you and your family and the RUC are all okay.

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    • diannegray / Apr 15 2014 6:47 am

      Thanks so much, Barb. I’m actually really glad we didn’t make the ‘world news’ for a whole lot of reasons – none of them good! πŸ˜‰

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  39. dex / Apr 15 2014 2:02 am

    Holy cow, that’s a lot of water!

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    • diannegray / Apr 15 2014 6:48 am

      It sure is, Dex! It was a river running down the road – so glad it cleared up quickly πŸ˜‰

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  40. Corner of Confessions / Apr 15 2014 3:04 am

    Glad everyone is safe!

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  41. Sheila / Apr 15 2014 4:13 am

    So glad you and the RUC didn’t blow away in those winds! I hope the creatures enjoy all those new swimming pool puddles. That creek looks like a nice new dog jacuzzi too!

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    • diannegray / Apr 15 2014 6:50 am

      It’s a special dog jacuzzi! LOL – they absolutely love it (and it’s great exercise) πŸ˜‰

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  42. sherrylcook / Apr 15 2014 5:43 am

    Glad to hear everything is Ok…I know all too well about the damage that can come from a hurricane.
    Stay dry!

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    • diannegray / Apr 15 2014 6:51 am

      It was such a relief when it moved south – phew! These things really put me on edge xxx

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  43. 1girl4adamwest / Apr 15 2014 7:26 am

    So happy things have passed over and all is good at the RUC.

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    • diannegray / Apr 15 2014 7:32 am

      Thank you so much! I breathed a big sigh of relief as it passed over πŸ˜‰

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  44. Piper George / Apr 15 2014 7:48 am

    Wow – lots of water. Glad you and the RUC are safe!

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    • diannegray / Apr 15 2014 7:56 am

      Thank you so much, my dear πŸ˜€

      I tried to comment on you post, but couldn’t get in 😦 I’ll try again later xxx

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      • Piper George / Apr 15 2014 7:57 am

        Oh dear – don’t know why 😦

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      • diannegray / Apr 15 2014 8:54 am

        It just worked! πŸ˜€

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  45. jmmcdowell / Apr 15 2014 8:30 am

    Wow, glad to hear you and the RUC dodged the worst-case scenario! Hurricanes are no laughing matter, and the damage they can do is staggering. Here’s hoping for some quieter, calmer weather for everyone, everywhere!

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    • diannegray / Apr 15 2014 8:55 am

      Thank you, JM. The weather here has really calmed down and should stay that way until Christmas (thank goodness!) I hope your weather behaves itself this summer πŸ˜‰

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  46. Janna G. Noelle / Apr 15 2014 3:20 pm

    I’m glad you’re all well, and that none of that beautiful green textured glass on the house was broken.

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    • diannegray / Apr 15 2014 3:49 pm

      The only broken glass was an older window that smashed when hubby was mowing the lawn! Do’h. Apart from that – all good πŸ˜€

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  47. restlessjo / Apr 15 2014 3:46 pm

    The price you pay for living in your tropical paradise is a bit scary sometimes, Dianne. But then, all of life can be scary sometimes, can’t it? So glad that all is well and you’re back to ‘normal’.
    Happy Easter! πŸ™‚

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    • diannegray / Apr 15 2014 3:51 pm

      The tropical season is over and it’s clear running now until next Christmas, Jo! YAY πŸ˜€

      Happy Easter to you too, my friend πŸ˜‰

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  48. 4amWriter / Apr 15 2014 6:33 pm

    Glad you came through all of that okay. We’ve had several flood watches this past week because the ground is still frozen yet we’ve been hit hard with rain. Being on the coast only heightens the danger; flooding is the most common natural disaster where I live. Hopefully, you have seen the end of your cyclone season!

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    • diannegray / Apr 16 2014 6:49 am

      This is the end of the cyclone season, Kate! No more now until next year so I’ve got plenty of time to prepare. Having said that, when I lived here in the nineties we had one cyclone in ten years (and that was only a small one) so I’m hoping this will be the case again πŸ˜‰

      Flooding is very scary so I hope all is okay where you are now – stay safe and dry! xxxx

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  49. Britt Skrabanek / Apr 16 2014 7:05 am

    Holy crap that’s a ton of water! Glad everybody and the RUC are safe and sound. The dogs look like they’re enjoying the aftermath. : )

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    • diannegray / Apr 16 2014 7:33 am

      The dogs loved it (particularly after being locked downstairs for two days!) They went nuts in the water and came home totally exhausted, which is what you want with four big dogs!
      The road turned into a creek for a while there, but it all cleared up pretty quickly. I’m so glad the cyclone season is over πŸ˜‰

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  50. agjorgenson / Apr 18 2014 12:36 pm

    Wow, somehow I missed the news of the weather. Glad to hear you weathered the storm. I can’t quite imagine winds at that speed, but then again, you likely can’t imagine weather that hits – 40 degrees C either! It is never dull, this weather business. Stay well!!

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    • diannegray / Apr 18 2014 3:35 pm

      Thanks so much, Allen. All good here now – the massive winds missed us and it’s all back to business as usual (which is what I love!) πŸ˜‰

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  51. bluebee / Apr 18 2014 5:03 pm

    Glad you escaped the worst of it. And that the RUC stood its ground! πŸ˜ƒ

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    • diannegray / Apr 19 2014 6:54 am

      Me too!!! I was a bit nervous when it was SO BIG and heading in this general direction. One word – PHEW! πŸ˜‰

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  52. starproms / Apr 20 2014 2:22 am

    That looks very severe Dianne. I hope it’s all over for you now.

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    • diannegray / Apr 20 2014 9:11 am

      All gone thank you, my dear. It was touch and go there for a while xxx

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  53. roughwighting / Apr 21 2014 2:15 am

    What a scare. And a lot of storm just to give the dogs some extra paddling room. πŸ™‚ Glad all is okay. xo

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    • diannegray / Apr 21 2014 7:12 am

      It was touch and go there for a while. It started in the Solomons, came through Australia, went down the coast and then out across the sea to hit New Zealand (that’s got to be some kind of record!)

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  54. Marylin Warner / Apr 21 2014 10:29 am

    The pictures are beautiful, even those of the damage. I’m so glad you and your family are well and the storm has passed.

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    • diannegray / Apr 21 2014 4:32 pm

      Thank you so much, Marylin πŸ˜€ At least I know the house can handle those big storms now – hopefully there’ll be no more for a few years to come πŸ˜€

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  55. Kourtney Heintz / Apr 22 2014 12:03 am

    Glad you’re okay. It’s crazy what a storm can do even when it’s downgraded.

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    • diannegray / Apr 22 2014 11:08 am

      Thank you so much, Kourtney. It actually hit three countries – it’s amazing how it just kept going half way around the Pacific! I need that kind of energy! πŸ˜‰

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      • Kourtney Heintz / Apr 29 2014 4:25 am

        Mother Nature makes some fierce babies and tosses them out at us! Imagine if we could harness that kind of energy.

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  56. Kozo Hattori / Apr 22 2014 7:43 am

    So glad you are safe, my friend. I bet you could have used some of the music from the book trailers during the hurricane approach. πŸ™‚ Bet you are glad you live in an elevated RUC. {{{Hugs}}} Kozo

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    • diannegray / Apr 22 2014 11:09 am

      Thank you my dear Kozo! I love the idea of using the music from the book trailers – there were some real ‘da da da dum’ moments! LOL πŸ˜€

      {{{Hugs}}}

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  57. Tiffany / Apr 22 2014 10:43 am

    I’m happy you and your family are safe Dianne!

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    • diannegray / Apr 22 2014 11:52 am

      Thanks so much, Tiffany – I’m so glad it’s gone πŸ˜€

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  58. mudpilewood / Apr 22 2014 9:50 pm

    Happy to hear you are all safe and even happier we don’t have cyclones in Ireland.

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    • diannegray / Apr 22 2014 9:53 pm

      Thank you! You’re very lucky indeed (and I don’t believe you have snakes, either) πŸ˜‰

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      • mudpilewood / Apr 23 2014 7:14 pm

        No, just as well or I would be living on the Aran Islands.

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  59. Inion N. Mathair / Apr 22 2014 10:20 pm

    Dianne I’m so sorry we’re just now getting our well wishes to you! As you know we’ve been in our writing room for the past two months which means little to no t.v.! I’m so grateful to know you’re okay & have endured this beast of a storm! Clearly we need to get our heads out of the sand! lol. Sending blessings of thanks to have our dear friend Diane & her family safe!

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    • diannegray / Apr 23 2014 9:42 am

      I don’t watch the news either, so anything could be happening in the world and I wouldn’t have a clue (LOL) πŸ˜€ I do, however, watch the weather. No more storms now because the season is over – YAY!!! πŸ˜€

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  60. helpwithyourlife / Apr 23 2014 4:54 am

    Yikes! Sounds like a close one but glad the storm passed and you are safe. πŸ™‚

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    • diannegray / Apr 23 2014 9:45 am

      Thank you so much, Cathie. It was so close it was scary – but all gone now! YAY πŸ˜€

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  61. Hazy Shades of Me / Apr 23 2014 2:12 pm

    Oh my, I’m glad you’re okay! That’s craziness. I love your before and after creek photo. It makes it so real! Stay safe!!

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    • diannegray / Apr 24 2014 7:31 am

      I was so relieved when it was gone (I’m not a storm person) 😦

      The dogs are loving the fuller creek and I’ve started taking videos of them frolicking – it’s been a lot of fun πŸ˜‰

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  62. cestlavie22 / Apr 26 2014 12:39 am

    Oh my goodness I didnt realize there was such a large storm going on in your area. Clearly the rock I was living under forgot to inform me! I am so sorry. Glad to see you are safe and sound and back to business as usual though!

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    • diannegray / Apr 26 2014 9:53 am

      Don’t worry about it, my dear – I don’t watch the world weather news either and half the world could get blown away and I’d be none the wiser! πŸ˜€ All is good now and at least I know the RUC can easily handle bad weather πŸ˜‰

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  63. DaydreamsInWonderland / May 4 2014 2:52 pm

    It seems like the entire world has been going through these major flooding storms lately. I don’t know what’s up with Mother Nature – she must be pretty angry with us.

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    • diannegray / May 5 2014 6:25 am

      I was watching the tornadoes in the US on the TV – so incredibly frightening! At least we get a few days warning with a cyclone, I can’t imagine what it would be like being hit by one of these things without warning. Mother Nature is certainly angry – our storm started in the Solomons, travelled across the ocean, hit us and then travelled about 1500k down the East coast and then went across the ocean again and hit New Zealand. It was a massive storm and I hope nothing like it comes again for a long time.

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      • DaydreamsInWonderland / May 5 2014 11:56 am

        My goodness that sounds so crazy & terrifying. Bad storms scare me half to death sometimes. I’m so glad you’re okay.

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      • diannegray / May 5 2014 12:00 pm

        I guess it doesn’t where we live, there are always dangers from weather and earthquakes, etc! We just have to try and keep ourselves safe no matter where we are and being prepared is a major factor in that πŸ˜€

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      • DaydreamsInWonderland / May 5 2014 6:35 pm

        I guess if you’re used to preparing it isn’t as scary like you said. It’s strange here because just about every other part of the US has some sort of severe weather at some point of the year – but out here, the most we’d see is a bad snowstorm.
        These past 5-10 years though – we’ve seen hurricanes, tornadoes, and a few earthquakes. The most shocking has been the hurricanes because that was completely unheard of here. The others were just rare but happened once in a while. Our planet is definitely changing.
        I hope we don’t have to move to the moon.

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  64. pommepal / May 15 2014 4:29 pm

    So pleased you survived Ita Dianne, it would be devastating to be affected, especially after all the work you have put in on good old RUC. But I imagine it has weathered many storms in the past. I’ve just been to an area that had a huge flood in 1888 unlike today they had no warning. Thank goodness for our meteorological system.

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    • diannegray / May 15 2014 6:04 pm

      I just read that post – it’s an amazing place. How scary would it be to have no warning of the flood. It would just be a big noise coming your way (I’ve lived it!) yikes

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      • pommepal / May 16 2014 10:05 am

        It would make a good segment in one of your novels Dianne.

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