Down Under we call them Tropical Cyclones, In Asia we call them Typhoons and correct me if I am wrong but in the Americas they call them Hurricanes. Apparently these 3 terms refer to the same weather pattern. Very simply put they are created over the ocean when warm water evaporates and rises. cooler air is warmed, clouds form and begin to rotate. this causes the winds. when a critical speed is reached a Hurricane is born. Hurricanes bring destructive powerful winds and heavy rainfall. They are their most destructive when they make landfall. A major part of the damage is caused by flooding and wave surges along the coasts.
Cyclone Tasha hit Cairns Australia In Christmas Eve 2010 and cause considerable damage. Although the Cyclone had passed it’s effects were still catastrophic some 2 weeks later down the Queensland Coast. This is when the January 2011 Queensland floods occurred. The heavy rainfall meant the water catchment areas were incredibly full and in a drought prone country water is collected and saved. However in this case nature together with poor mankind judgement meant there was a major disaster in the making. Some people said the damage down stream may have been less and more controllable had the powers that be done a controlled release of water from the dams in the water catchment areas sooner than they did.
Flash flooding in Toowoomba and Lockyer Valley sent a surge of water down the valley, TV footage showed the likes of an inland Tsunami. 35 lives were lost during these floods and 31 of them were in the Toowoomba and Lockyer Valley. This small rural are was devasted and left reeling.
Brisbane suffered a major flood with the Brisbane river flooding its banks, the last time being in 1974 .I was there in 2011. It was my first stop after leaving NZ on my year world trip. I visited good friends. In previous years the challenge has been to keep the swimming pool full as the water evaporated so fast. This year the pool was overflowing and their backyard was water logged, the rainfall was so high. On my last night from my hotel room I could see the river rising. My friend who had come over to see me off and have a few days shopping and time in the sun was sadly disappointed as the whole city centre was sandbagged closed down and evacuated! The metro out to the airport was closed and the streets quiet.Getting out to the airport was a major challenge. I finally managed to get a taxi with two other travelers.
I left Brisbane bound for bluer skies and sunnier days but I felt for those left dealing with the aftermath of a very destructive and powerful cyclone.
In response to the OWPC Hurricane
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I lived in Brizzy as a kid in the 1980’s and remember storms, extreme fog, and heavy rains, turning our little backyard’s staircase into a waterfall. Luckily we were never there for a cyclone. I love the tropics, but of course there’s always the downside. Over here where I live now (I’m the Finland flag in your “Flagging my visitors” icon!) the winter lasts 10 months and even now it’s f*n’ freezing though it’s supposed to be summer. But there are no natural disasters. So, I guess every place has its upsides and downsides… Glad you made it to the airport and the flights were able to take off!
Yes I took off and even made it to Finland! Had a lovely time exploring Helsinki and went to the Pori Jazz festival.
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Funny! 🙂 I’ve been there a couple of times (to see Erykah Badu) but the last time was 2009… Time goes fast btw! How did you manage to even find out about Pori Jazz?
Elton John was playing there in 2011. My friend and I were staying with a Finnish friend who I met when travelling in Aus. She was coming to NZ so offered her accommodation as you do and se kindly returned the favour when I got to Finland. She was going so offered to get us tickets too. Was a great wee side trip.
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Sounds like you saw one of the nicest bits of the Finnish summer 🙂
yes it was brilliant, tee shirt days. We went and ate at a lovely restaurant out in the harbour, visited the island fort installation, just enjoyed wandering around in General. I’d like to get back someday.
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These are some wonderful shots! I’m of course sorry for all the destruction, but I’m glad you came out okay.
Thanks Jennifer. WE were always safe. It was inland where it was really shocking. Brisbane was expected to peak at much higher levels but in the end was not as bad as expected. There was a lot of mess and financial loss. I suspect it was super scary and stressful for locals especially seeing the very scary footage from Toowoomba and Lockyer Valley.
well good. I suspect the same. Glad to hear you were okay though.