The storm here in SA continues, with destructive gale force winds and rain increasing overnight, abnormally high tides; bridges over rivers have been closed to traffic.
The mid north has been hit hard with floodings etc, residents of Port Pirie have been advised to evacuate, but I think that may be for people close to the water. My sister lives way out near the edge of town there, out in the dry as dust section, so maybe she won't have to go anywhere. J is a mentally challenged person, with no telephone (they scare her), so I can only hope the social workers there are looking after them the way they did a couple of years ago (or was it just last year) when the gas pipes were broken and no one had hot water or any way to cook foods if they didn't have electric stoves.
Word is there have been 80,000 lightning strikes, food supplies are running low as trucks cannot get through, many petrol stations have been closed...
Thank goodness the power is back for many of us.
For now. For me, the blackout wasn't so bad, I was fully prepared with lamps, batteries in the radio, fully charged kindle, a pack of cards.
What I wasn't prepared for was to be woken just as I was falling asleep by the sound of the fridge coming back on, but that was okay. An hour later, I was woken again by neighbour P who came across in the wind and rain to knock on my door and say "I think me fridge has gone" I was grumpy and tempted to ask "where do you think it has gone to?", but I didn't.
I remembered she is old, diabetic and keeps her insulin in the fridge, so of course she's concerned. I reassured her, saying that if she doesn't open the fridge it will stay cold and she can have someone come out in the morning.
I've since learned that her fridge is old and worn out and takes a while to restart after a power loss and she has decided to buy a newer fridge as soon as she can.
There has been so much damage to properties, I've just watched the news and feel rather helpless.
Conditions are supposed to improve by tomorrow afternoon here in Adelaide; I certainly hope so as I'll be travelling on buses to my son's home for the babysitting event.
According to TV news, SA is now a laughing stock (overseas in particular) over our state wide power loss. Fingers are being pointed, blame is being laid, no one is taking the blame of course, it's all the other person's fault.
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