Slice of Life - Not Your Average Storm
Here we get the light and sound show along with a bucketing, but we are mercifully spared any hail. Before long a news flash appears on TV bringing news of extensive flooding across large areas of the city with hail the size of a man's fist reported in some suburbs. Traffic has been brought to a standstill and drainage systems overpowered by the volume of water dumped over the entire city and suburbs. The rail system suffers widespread disruption and Melbourne airport is closed when winds gusts of around 100 km per hour are recorded. We see pictures of people with welts and bruises on their arms and legs, such is the ferocity of the hail. Broken windows are reported; the result of hail damage. Cars have been seen floating in the streets carried along by the flood tide.
in the space of approximately fifteen minutes we record an inch (25 mls) of rain in our gauge. This is not your average downpour. The Weather bureau is reporting this weather phenomenon as possibly the worst storm Melbourne has ever undergone.
Even the bureau has experienced storm damage it seems.
Our house has withstood nature's fury -no apparent leaks have been found. The storm eventually eased to a steady downpour. I'm relieved to have experienced this tumultuous event from a vantage point that offered me a safe and dry seat. -And to think, we were having a quiet Saturday relaxing and concerning ourselves with nothing in particular.