Tuesday, March 23, 2010
A Wild afternoon in Perth... and Remember Me!
This was the scene over Perth yesterday afternoon. As I had been busy I had not heard the severe weather warnings, so was totally unprepared for this doozy of a thunder storm.
The kids, hubby and I watched in fascination as these amazing clouds in every shade of grey, rolled across the skies like waves on a beach. They twisted and turned and rolled along and then seemed to go right over and away.
Not 10 minutes later, day turned to night and it was at that point I had to leave home to take Maddi to skating. No sooner had we hit the road than the first drops of rain started to fall. I was still unconcerned as we have had no rain in months and i didn't expect more than a few drops! Next thing I knew the rain was falling in sheets across cars and road driven by gusty winds. Thunder roared and lightning lit the sky every few seconds. After several minutes of desperately peering through the windscreen I admitted defeat and pulled over.
My windscreen was fogged and the rain had obliterated all view of the road. Puddles stretched across the roads and trying to drive any further was ridiculous.
Maddi and I waited about 5 minutes and the rain eased enough to head off again. It was all so surreal and I have never experienced anything quite like it.
Later I heard that we had significant hail damage in several areas and unfortunately my Dads car caught the brunt of this. His bonnet, roof and all down the passenger side is now covered in golf ball size dents.
My daughter Jessica had a roof collapse in her back room, but I think myself very fortunate that all my loved ones are safe and well.
On a lighter note, earlier in the day, Mum, Samara and myself went to see Remember Me. I loved it! What a beautiful, sad story. All the actors played their roles magnificently and I clearly remember how my heart stopped when I saw the date written on the chalk board.
Well, off to get some work done. I hope all in Perth and Queensland are safe after the storm and cyclone. It has been a bizarre time with ole Mother Nature...