On Friday afternoon in Canberra, we had a sudden sharp wind storm. It didn’t last long (less than ten minutes from memory) but it caused a lot of damage. As I type this, almost 48 hours later, there are still some households (about 500) without power. This is a huge improvement on the over 13,000 households without power on Friday afternoon (thanks to the crews who’ve worked so hard and so long to restore power).
I feel very sorry for those 500 households.
The first photograph shows the scene just a few houses down the street from my home. The tree top is still there: it’s going to take the crews a while to get to these types of jobs. The second photograph is about a kilometre from my home: the tree had fallen across the street but has been removed to allow traffic through. And the third photograph is in the next suburb.
I took a number of photographs as I walked around the streets during my morning walks yesterday and today. I saw some damaged homes, some damaged cars and plenty of broken and damaged trees. Other parts of Canberra were badly affected as well. Fortunately, as far as I know, no-one was injured.
It’s going to take a while to clean it all up.