13 November 2006

Storm warning

| Thumper
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The ABC is reporting that the ACT can expect severe storm activity later today with winds predicted up to 120 kph.

Let us hope not as this will cause a fair bit of damage after the recent rain.

As always, call the SES if in need on 6207 8455.

I know the following is common sense, but after ten years of SES stuff, common sense doesn’t seem so common these days.

The State Emergency Service advises that people should:
* Move your car under cover or away from trees.
* Secure or put away loose items around your house, yard and balcony.
* Keep clear of fallen power lines.
* Keep clear of creeks and storm drains.
* Don’t walk, ride your bike or drive through flood water.
* Unplug computers and appliances.
* Avoid using the phone during the storm.
* Stay indoors away from windows, and keep children and pets indoors as well.

[ED – Alternatively you can go to the source on the BOM Site.]

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link – weather station for real time info, link to BOM site and weather radar.

Vic Bitterman8:30 pm 13 Nov 06

Good to see some decent several-hour rainfalls. Hopefully as Thumper says, the catchment areas will have received a lot of it.

storms aren’t much use for breaking droughts, although any rain is nice. What the bureau was worried about was squalls, and there was a big squall line up above Orange, but nothing much here. Storms usually have a rush of wind with them and there was potential for something nasty to happen. storms bloom up from nowhere very quickly so it’s hard to predict how they’ll be.

Latest Update from the BOM site

Issued at 1:39 PM Monday, 13 November 2006.

Severe thunderstorms are likely to produce large hailstones, destructive winds and very heavy rainfall in the warning area over the next several hours.

Major locations within the warning area include Port Macquarie, Taree, Armidale, Tamworth, Moree and Canberra

Time to read the insurance policy carefully.

Heh – last place I worked had some blocked gutters – unfortunately for them, the next lowest point was directly above the server room. If you’ve never seen a waterfall cascading over your server racks, I can tell you it’s a sight not to be missed.

blingblingbears1:02 pm 13 Nov 06

ahh i see…

blingblingbears1:01 pm 13 Nov 06

whoohoo!

No Blinger….

You see some of the dumbest things when you get called out for storm damage.

The most obvious is blocked gutters and downpipes which directs water nicely into the ceiling cavity when it rains. And if not acted upon will see the said ceiling fall down.

Of course, most people are just plain unlucky.

it’s bucketing down in the catchment areas…

blingblingbears12:56 pm 13 Nov 06

well unfortunately most of us will be stuck at work whilst the storm occurs and won’t be able to take the above preventative measures, might explain why the common sence isn’t so common lately

Thanks Thumper. May the SES’s day be a quiet one.

it’s one hell of a drought we’ve been having the last few weeks.

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