It’s east coast low time again, folks – 3 weeks after the last one (reported here). Ballina, well-known for having the highest rainfalls in the immediate region, had 151 mL in the last 24 hours – phooey, I say. We beat that, and the previous record here (3 weeks ago) of 125 mL (5 inches) in 24 hours – this morning there was 184 mL (over 7 inches) in the gauge for the last 24 hours!
Wind gusts in Ballina officially went up to 91 km/hour (57 miles/hour), but something stronger than that ripped off the roof of the Pelican restaurant by the river. It was quite windy in the valley, and Andrew did get some water in his studio – not from a dirt bank collapsing like last time, but just sheer overflow from the gutters not carried away fast enough and water rising from ground level. A tall sally wattle split in two and has fallen over the driveway.
Other places on the coast got it much worse than we did – being an hour inland helps. They are still waiting for their electricity and water to be restored, or to be rescued off their roofs. It took up to 5 days to restore electricity last time. If you live on property and have an electric pump to supply yourself with water from a tank (like us), you will be unable to have a shower or flush the loo. Luckily we kept our electricity supply and just had to sleep as best we could through the noise of the storm.
Today is sunny, so the clean-up begins. Just another east coast low in Lismore.
Update: The Daily Examiner has a range of photos and an article on the Ballina situation. The Marine Rescue folks recorded winds in Ballina of 80 knots (148 km/hour or 92 miles an hour for us landlubbers).