Well, it is 3 days since my last post in which I shared our concern for the residents of north Queensland who were in the path of Cyclone Debbie. What a 3 days it has been!
In 72 hours Cyclone Debbie has flattened the island resorts of the Whitsunday Islands and the adjacent mainland towns of Airlie Beach and Prosperine as a Category 4 cyclone before being downgraded as it moved inland. Most of these areas are still without power or water and this situation is likely to continue for several more days, at least.
As predicted, the system then turned south east and headed towards the densely populated south-east corner of Queensland, including Brisbane. For almost 24 hours we experienced substantial rainfall and some high winds – but of course, nothing like the conditions endured by those who were in the direct path of the cyclone.
This is a view of part of our backyard this morning during a break in the rain. The water in the background is not normally part of the landscape. The ‘lake’ develops as the run-off from the mountain behind us pools in the low-lying part of our property. It is not as extensive as some other occasions and will drain over the next few days.
The area where we live lost power about 2pm today and do not expect it to be restored until at least midday tomorrow. There are currently thousands of consumers in Brisbane and the surrounding areas without power. We are fortunate to be reaping the benefit of our decision to install a grid-connected battery system almost 18 months ago. You can read about it here.
While it is great to be able to use our stored power each evening, the real benefit of the system is that it provides us with a power source in the event of a power failure from the grid. Whether it is extreme weather or any other reason it is reassuring to know that we are not reliant on the grid for power. This experience has confirmed the importance of a degree of self-reliance and we are extremely glad to be in this position.