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Published: February 22nd 2013
We had a dream - bright sun, Camera's a clicking every day, But day four has come - what a blast, A tropical low has made us run.
Over the years we have driven through and camped in some scary weather from blizards to fierce tropical storms. The present storm while not spectacular certainly has brought challenges. The wind have been switching as well as extreme gusts, probably around 80-100ks. Driving became hazardous with trees down, bits and pieces flying. In Ballina yesterday a gust of wind picked up and moved tables and chairs at an outdoor eatery.
The plan was to meet up with David and Mary at Yelgun and then first stop Ballina followed by various NNSW beaches until Sunday - BUT, the tropical low changed that.
The Yelgun meetup on Monday all went to plan as did driving to Ballina Wednesday morning except we went to the Horizon Motorhome factory to have a small leak repaired. Six hours later after the roof hatch was removed and fully remounted (all done under warantee) we caught up with David and Mary at Bicentenial park for the night. By now the weather was deteriorating to the extent that
itappeared likely that the Clarence or Richmond Rivers could flood. So today (Friday) we made the dash from Ballina to Coffs Harbour and sit out the weather system for 2 or 3 days. We could see 200mm rain here tonight and tomorrow.
I took a movie of one of the rain squalls. I'll see if I can upload or link it. Makes for interesting viewing.
In the mean time, we are safe, warm & dry and greatful for having a well packed larder in the motorhome.