Just a short account of how Cyclone Debbie is affecting Brisbane and the Gold Coast and my own battle in the Storm yesterday Morning .
Parts of Brisbane have already received more than 200mm of rain. There is also already a lot of water in all the Creeks and River systems and any further heavy rain will continue to lead to flash flooding.
The Albert and Coomera rivers on the Gold Coast are already experiencing major flooding issues, with water breaking the banks of smaller creeks around Brisbane too.
The rain is still ongoing and the damaging winds are still expected along the coast, with gusts of in excess of 90km/h and potentially in excess of 125km/h in elevated terrain and in some of those coastal areas.
Queensland Health has confirmed that Elective Surgery and Outpatient Appointments at seven Queensland Hospitals have been cancelled, The State’s Health Authority said Emergency departments were operating as normal along with Inpatient Services.
All Schools were closed yesterday, including Catholic and Independent Schools, they will also be closed Today.
It’s chaos in Coles and Woolworths at Pacific Fair but it’s a different story everywhere else, with many retailers shutting up shops. Gold Coast residents have flooded major Shopping Centres this morning after Authorities advised everyone to stay indoors from Midday.
More than 5,000 homes are now without electricity in southeast Queensland. Energex workers have been working swiftly all day to reconnect homes, but this is set to become near impossible as destructive winds set in and darkness falls.
Evacuation Centres were opened in areas including Ipswich, Redlands, the Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast and Moreton Bay.
My Morning Battle…
Yesterday Morning at about 5am I woke up to hear heavy Rain outside the Bedroom window I was worried about my new Mobility Scooter as water in it’s Motor will cause it to crash, although it was under cover there was still danger of it being wet so I thought I would bring it inside like I had done with the old Scooter when it was Storming.
Because it was still dark and thinking it would not take very long I headed out into the Storm in my Summer Nightie but because of the heavy rain the Carport was leaking and before long I was also very wet and I realized the Scooter would be too if left much longer in the Carport.
I started the Scooter and drove it towards the front door trying to avoid a potted plant but found the Scooter would not fit through the doorway like the old one had and this is were I panicked it would also not back out of the doorway without banging into the wall, I was trapped and the more I tried the worse it got, this went on and on but it would not budge more than a few inches.
As I sat on the Mobility Scooter upset and frustrated and wondering what to do next, it was now about 6.30, I looked up and could see in the distance a Bird sitting all alone on the Electricity Cable in the Storm, I thought this was strange but it reminded me that God even looks after the Sparrows and He cares even more for us. So once again I prayed for His help and this time after a few attempts I was able to find a way out of the narrow door way and I also found a cover for the Scooter that would temporarily help to keep it dry and than surprisingly as I went inside to have breakfast, I heard the sound of a bird singing, yes in the rain, you can be sure I am still giving Thanks.
Luke 12:7 But even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not therefore ye are of more value than many Sparrows.
Psalm 91:4- 5 He shall cover thee with His feathers and under His Wings shalt thou Trust, His Truth shall be thy Shield and Buckler. Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night nor for the arrow that flieth by day.
Christian Love and Blessings – Anne.