The wild weather we experienced 3 weeks ago is back, although not quite so dramatic. Parts of the Sunshine Coast and hinterland, where I live, have received well in excess of 200mm since the rain began on Thursday. The majority of it fell overnight on Sunday and all day yesterday.
The rain has eased for the moment and the forecast is that we have seen the worst of it so any flooding should only be minor to moderate. The lake in our backyard is nowhere near as extensive as it was last month or on many other occasions.
Gale force winds are being forecast for the next 2 to 3 days and of all the extreme weather conditions, it is wind that actually poses the greatest risk to us and therefore the need to be prepared. While there is a small chance of structural damage, either directly or from falling trees, loss of power is our major potential problem.
Electricity is integral to almost everything we do in the 21st century so we have done all that we can to make sure that we can function for up to 3 days without it. Before I left for work today I made put containers of water in the portable fridge/freezer (set to ‘freeze’) so that we will have plenty of ice available to keep foodstuffs cool if we lose power for more than 24 hours. We also have 20 litres of drinking water immediately available. The cooktop is gas and we have solar hot water (if the sun happens to be shining!)
A less obvious piece of planning was my choice of clothes to wear to work. I had previously decided to wear a skirt, blouse, stockings and heels but instead opted for lightweight jeans, fitted ¾ sleeve top and lace-up shoes and socks. If we arrive home this evening (after dark) and there is no power I do not need to be stumbling around in my fancy work clothes.
I hope my preparation is not required, however, since it is only 3 weeks since we lost power for more than 3 days the inconvenience is very fresh in my memory. I wonder if others have taken heed as a result of the previous storm or if they have quickly slipped back to the complacent attitude of expecting that there will always be power whenever they flick a switch?