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The Bigfella
03-07-2010, 07:50 AM
Big storm yesterday... another today. They are describing it as a one in a century storm

How is everyone?

btw... this is hail in this shot, not snow...

http://images.theage.com.au/2010/03/07/1200324/storm4-600x400.jpg

http://images.theage.com.au/2010/03/07/1200334/storm7-600x400.jpg

http://images.theage.com.au/2010/03/06/1199730/wbSTORMstairs-600x400.jpg

http://images.theage.com.au/2010/03/06/1199733/wbSTORMprahran-600x400.jpg


Storm brings chaos to Melbourne

Freak storm floods Melbourne


BLOODIED festival-goers, spooked racehorses, smashed windows and torrential rain inside major buildings were some of the surreal scenes unfolding across Melbourne in one of the most intense storms in years.

The Bureau of Meteorology reported severe wind gusts and hailstones up to 10 centimetres wide after the storm blew in from the north-west about 2.30pm.

By 7pm, the SES had received more than 2500 calls, mainly from people whose roofs had collapsed, or whose homes were flooding.

Up to 10,000 residents were without power in Richmond, Toorak and Collingwood during the afternoon, with more than 2000 still facing power failures at 7pm. In regional areas 20,000 customers were without power at the height of the tempest.

http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/storm-brings-chaos-to-melbourne-20100306-ppm4.html

Syed
03-07-2010, 01:27 PM
I am thinking about skuthorp, hope he and all others in the affected area stay unhurt.

BrianW
03-07-2010, 01:30 PM
Yeah, but is it 'deadly poison' hail?

Why is that kid running in front of the train?

PeterSibley
03-07-2010, 04:32 PM
The tram is kaput .

The Bigfella
03-07-2010, 04:46 PM
Nah, the tram's not kaput... the lights are working. The issue isn't with the kid running in front of the tram... that's standard behaviour.... the cars going past it isn't quite kosher though.

seanz
03-07-2010, 04:55 PM
They are describing it as a one in a century storm


With a one in a century link to The Age from Ian?
:D

A mate of mine in the West missed all the drama but got a very big thunderstorm.

peterAustralia would be closest to the action (I think, he was in Footscray), hope he took shelter.

I think the pic of the stairs is from Flemington (there are clues)....what a great shot.

WX
03-07-2010, 05:09 PM
Last year catastrophic fires, this floods and hail.
Come to the land of Oz where the weather is never boring.

shamus
03-07-2010, 05:21 PM
"Of ragged mountain ranges
Of drought and flooding rains"

Of course it's fashionable to mock Mackellar, but she got that bit right.
Also, while I know they are calling it a hundred year storm, the bureau says its the biggest storm in Melbourne since February 1972, so it's probably more of a fifty year storm for Melbourne. There is probably a hail event like that quite often- it's the fact that it hit a CBD that makes it special.

rufustr
03-07-2010, 05:28 PM
My next door neighbour was at Flemington Racecourse for the day, and was stuck in the Member's Stand for some time.

I havn't spoken to him yet, but apparently he has photos on his phone.

http://images.theage.com.au/2010/03/06/1199499/newstorm15.jpg

The photos of the flooding outside Flinders Street Station are amazing, but it has happened before.

Melbourne Flood - 1972

http://www.planetperformance.org/floods/melbourne-flood-1972.jpg

The Bigfella
03-07-2010, 05:32 PM
That's a great photo from 1972

interesting story about it too... it nearly claimed the photographer...

http://www.theage.com.au/articles/2003/09/01/1062383507154.html

WX
03-07-2010, 05:33 PM
Surfs up.

Duncan Gibbs
03-07-2010, 05:36 PM
Yeah! Someone actually drowned in Elizabeth Street during that one! That's the GPO on the corner with Burke Street.

PeterSibley
03-07-2010, 05:58 PM
Nah, the tram's not kaput... the lights are working. The issue isn't with the kid running in front of the tram... that's standard behaviour.... the cars going past it isn't quite kosher though.

That's why I thought It was dead , cars cutting in front of trams ? SOP .

The Bigfella
03-07-2010, 06:02 PM
It would seem the kid's got a "Walk" light. There's a red visible upper right.

shamus
03-07-2010, 06:11 PM
Somewhere I saw that photo with the caption "Tram Ahoy".
Thought that quite apt.

Larks
03-07-2010, 09:33 PM
It would seem the kid's got a "Walk" light. There's a red visible upper right.

Yes, but they must be Yanks passing the tram on the right hand side there.

The Bigfella
03-07-2010, 10:22 PM
Yes, but they must be Yanks passing the tram on the right hand side there.

Gotta stay on the shallow side of the street :D

skuthorp
03-08-2010, 02:19 AM
G'day Syed, We are fine, down the beach we had 24mm of rain but no hail or storms. But SWMBO's car is a different matter being parked in a street in the suburbs. Dents all over, we only came back this afternoon and haven't done anything yet.
In the 1972 flood I floated a VW Beetle across Elizabeth at the height of the flood. Went in at one street and drove out the other side a block down. Very hairy if I remember. Elizabeth Street was a creek when Melb was established about 1830 and several people were drowned in it and bullock waggons bogged before it was piped and paved over. At the end is a large railway station with underground shops and concorse. They were flash-flooded and it's a wonder that only one was drowned.

WX
03-08-2010, 04:32 AM
At first i thought the kid was sitting on the front of the tram:D

Syed
03-08-2010, 10:49 AM
Jeff,
I am glad you are fine and enjoying the life on beach.:)