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Post  Kiwisteve on Tue 21 Apr 2015, 6:55 pm

I hope all you lot in the Newcastle & Hunter areas have been able to weather the storm ok. All going well none of you have had any damage, or if you have, it isn't too severe.
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Post  2wheelsagain on Tue 21 Apr 2015, 7:04 pm

I've just caught the 7pm news.
Good luck to all who might be involved What a Face
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Post  Chook on Tue 21 Apr 2015, 7:09 pm

@Kiwisteve wrote:I hope all you lot in the Newcastle & Hunter areas have been able to weather the storm ok. All going well none of you have had any damage, or if you have, it isn't too severe.
Cheers, Steve
X2, 

I just watched a news article on the storms, scary stuff and a lot more winds to come, hopefully the rain dies down and the flood waters can subside, good luck to you all.
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Post  paul on Tue 21 Apr 2015, 7:13 pm

X3 good luck people

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Post  Ewok1958 on Tue 21 Apr 2015, 7:48 pm

x 4. It was hard to relate to the carnage being reported on the radio/TV, being close but getting none of that. Fingers crossed that any members in the affected areas are OK.
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Post  madmax on Tue 21 Apr 2015, 9:55 pm


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Post  Hammy on Wed 22 Apr 2015, 5:19 am

Be Safe Guys n Gals.

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Post  Sap82 on Thu 23 Apr 2015, 8:35 pm

All is well we have power back today lol
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Post  Re-Cycled on Thu 23 Apr 2015, 9:36 pm

Hey I'm back,
I went to work in Wollongong area Monday morning, drove through Sydney in heavy rain, took ages even with the Toll Ways.
Did some jobs in Bowral and Tahmoor drove down Picton road in driving rain and 60km winds.
Were eating diner at Lake Illawarra Yacht Club with 85kph gusts outside, people at home said just a bit of rain, we said wait its coming.
Tuesday morning called home and they had had a bad night, fence to the neighbours fell down and power lost about 3am after a bright green flash outside.
Drove to Moss Vale in rain, for once happy that I wasn't on a bike on Macquarie Pass.
Drove back down Macquarie Pass to Dapto left at 4:30pm drove to Picton in abysmal conditions then Hume Highway, M7, M2, M1 surprisingly good run considering it bucketed down all the way and the winds got stronger and gustier the closer I got to home, I had to make several route changes as I got closer to home after I left the Freeway due to fallen trees and flooding. Finally got home at about 8:10pm. It was interesting on the Freeway as much of the lighting was blacked out.
Been driving all over the Hunter the last 2 days finding ways around trouble spots and blacked out traffic lights.
There was a fatal crash just West of Singleton that must have happened about 5 minutes after I went through.
We finally got our power back yesterday afternoon, but when I powered up the UPS the switching supply in my PC self-destructed so I had to buy a new one today and fitted it tonight, so now I'm finally catching up with this thread.
The short answer is we got out pretty well but sadly some people have lost their lives in flood waters.

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Post  paul on Fri 24 Apr 2015, 12:18 am

Pretty scary stuff Peter ,glad it doesn't happen too often !

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Post  madmax on Fri 24 Apr 2015, 9:37 am


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Post  Re-Cycled on Fri 24 Apr 2015, 11:55 am

I heard from Mark- BOSCO15 this morning he lost part of his roof and has taken the week off to sort out his parents place which was flooded.
Fortunately both he and Chris as well as his parents are doing fine and in good spirits. Very Happy

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Post  madmax on Fri 24 Apr 2015, 12:29 pm

@Re-Cycled wrote:I heard from Mark- BOSCO15 this morning he lost part of his roof and has taken the week off to sort out his parents place which was flooded.
Fortunately both he and Chris as well as his parents are doing fine and in good spirits. Very Happy

That's good to hear

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Post  Bosco15 on Sat 25 Apr 2015, 12:19 pm

Hey everybody.  
Finally got some semblance of phone service back, so time to catch up.  
It's a glorious sunny day, here in tropical Newcastle. People are starting to poke their heads back out. We have a new island. Gilistone heights has been surounded by flood water and the locals have taken to calling it Gilistone Island. Gotta have a sense of humour at these times. 
43000 turned up for the dawn service at Nobbys beach and decided to leave just as I turned up to check out the surf. Surf wss flat so I got caught in the mayhem of road closures, with everyone else. 
Just on my way home now to start on my kitchen roof. It's been battened down. Now it's time to replace it. I have spent the week at the oldies, pulling up carpet and moving out furniture to try and get the place dry and habitable again. Ma n Pa are staying at mine for a while,  so that's been fun.affraid
A week off work and not a ssingle ride. I may have to get out tomorrow.  
Thanks for all you guys well wishes.

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Post  paul on Sat 25 Apr 2015, 7:01 pm

@Bosco15 wrote:Hey everybody.  
Finally got some semblance of phone service back, so time to catch up.  
It's a glorious sunny day, here in tropical Newcastle. People are starting to poke their heads back out. We have a new island. Gilistone heights has been surounded by flood water and the locals have taken to calling it Gilistone Island. Gotta have a sense of humour at these times. 
43000 turned up for the dawn service at Nobbys beach and decided to leave just as I turned up to check out the surf. Surf wss flat so I got caught in the mayhem of road closures, with everyone else. 
Just on my way home now to start on my kitchen roof. It's been battened down. Now it's time to replace it. I have spent the week at the oldies, pulling up carpet and moving out furniture to try and get the place dry and habitable again. Ma n Pa are staying at mine for a while,  so that's been fun.affraid
A week off work and not a ssingle ride. I may have to get out tomorrow.  
Thanks for all you guys well wishes.
It's times like these , when peoples true colours shine through Bosco, glad no-one was hurt physically...............other shit can be replaced . Very Happy

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Post  GSFBlue on Sun 26 Apr 2015, 9:04 am

Hi Folks,

Sunday morning and we are into our sixth day of no power here at the southern end of Lake Macquarie. (an hour south of Newcastle).

We have had intermittent phone/internet coverage back for about 48 hours although Vodophone appears to be out again this morning. We lost water supply on Wednesday evening although it was restored 24 hours later albeit with reduced pressure.

Our Honda genny has had a real workout and has perforned faultlessly. Our hot water ran out a couple of days ago and our camping gas operated hot water system has come in handy. I'm starting to get sick of all the hassle that this "weather event" (I hate the trend to use these sorts of terms!) has caused, although as with most things in life, there are many more people worse off than us.

This incident shows how fragile our infrastructure is; the "luxury" of clean water, electricity, phone/internet all buggered with a single storm. Of course without power, pumping petrol becomes a major problem as well, although I had a reasonable supply in reserve.

We will keep our fingers crossed for today......

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