Australia is a big country, we all know that. It’s a country that contains six states and two territories, so eight different areas in all. A couple of days ago I was in one of those states, Western Australia. To be more precise, I was in Fremantle, just outside of Perth, on Monday.
Having a beer in a rather nice pub…
I’ll be talking a lot more about Perth and Western Australia next week. But today I am back in the state in which I live; Queensland. Again, it’s been a glorious day, especially considering we are almost two thirds of the way through autumn. We’ve had clear blue skies and temperatures of around 24° to 25°C.
Being as I do know how very big Australia is, I suppose I shouldn’t have been so surprised when I was scanning the news this morning to find that the weather in another of our states, New South Wales, was very much the opposite.
Shocking Sydney storm
Scanning the news further, I’ve discovered that:
- Four people are dead
- 200,000 homes without power
- 20,000 insurance claims already in
- Heaviest rainfall in a 48 hour period in Sydney since 1998
- Over 9000 people have called the State Emergency Services since Monday
The Hunter Valley, and in particular a town called Dungog, bore the brunt of the wild weather. A house was swept away by flash flooding…
Here’s a timelapse of a Sydney train station flooding; watch as the tracks turn in to a river…
The worst of the weather is now over apparently, so hopefully no more lives will be lost.
Australia may be one country with six states and two territories, but sometimes it feels more like eight separate countries entirely.