Monday, 11 June 2007

Aussie storms

Now here's something you don't see that often! Its one of the Manley Ferries, Queenscliff, last week negotiating a rather stormy Sydney Harbour!!

Plus I'm thinking of Elaine Downs right now, recalling a (somewhat less choppy) trip on one of these Ferries earlier this year - still feeling queezy Elaine?

Like most of the East Coast of NSW, Sydney has been experiencing some rather wild weather these past few days with high winds and major flooding especially in the Central Coast area , north of Sydney including Newcastle and the Hunter Valley where some major flooding has taken place.

I've posted a few more dramatic photos in the UK album - take a looksee.

Here's an edited report from the Manley Daily:

WILD weather wreaked havoc across the peninsula yesterday as high winds forced ferry cancellations, ripped roofs off homes, brought down trees and rain flooded roads.

As the weather bureau predicted more of the same for today, electricity was cut as trees brought down wires, traffic was disrupted and emergency volunteers worked all day clearing up the damage.

At Newport a roof torn from a house landed on Barrenjoey Rd yesterday afternoon.

The weather bureau issued a gale warning as winds gusting at up to 100km/h hit the peninsula and 3-5m seas on a 3-4m swell slammed beaches.

At 2pm yesterday the Manly Hydraulics Laboratory's Waverider buoy off Sydney registered wave heights of nearly 12m.

The big seas eroded vast quantities of sand from many beaches but did not stop a number of hardy - or foolhardy - surfers.