Summer in Brisbane means many things.
The good things are well documented. Afternoon swims at Southbank. Cold beers on the back deck after mowing the lawn. Endless days that are perfect for picnics and BBQs.
The bad things tend to be fewer but make more of an impact. That cycle of relentless humidity, followed by torrential rain and the ever-present threat of flooding plays out throughout the summer months. As the dark clouds move in around 4 pm a couple of times a week, Brisbane residents eye them warily but mostly go about our business – wet perhaps but unscathed.
And then occasionally nature tries to re-enact the entire book of Revelations in one afternoon like it did on Thursday 27 November.
For anyone who was lucky enough not to experience it in person just look up the hashtag @BNEStorm on twitter – it will provide a harrowing account of the damage suffered by thousands of Brisbane residents.
Needless to say many have spent the weekend sweeping up glass from broken windows, clearing fallen branches and calling insurance companies. There are also a number of cars being driven sans front or rear windscreens – Brisbane glaziers and windscreen repairers will be busy for many months to come.
Having lived here since I was 5 years old I’ve seen plenty of storms.
This was by far the worst one I have personally experienced – although some have said it was of a similar intensity to the storm that devastated Brisbane suburb The Gap in 2008
But it wasn’t until I read this article one the ABC website “Brisbane Storm: Supercell damage bill could reach $150 million, Campbell Newman says” that I really understood the full extent of the damage it caused.
The numbers given in the article tell the story of exactly how much damage, and how many homes, and how many people were effected, in a way that mere words cannot.
To all those who suffered damage in the storm I hope that your clean-up and repair work is as quick and painless as possible!
For more info about how you can try to prepare for storm season check out this resource from Brisbane City Council.