Last week I finished my post Floods Crises Send Australia Down Under “For many Australians, it's a case of 'will we be next'.” I couldn’t have dreamt that it might be us.
Intense heat and fierce winds are the stuff of Australian nightmares. The Black Saturday fires in 2009 are burned into our Victorian minds.
A fortnight ago a bushfire destroyed five houses near where we are staying ninety kilometres south of Perth. At lunchtime today, with temperatures in the high 30s and strong winds, it was impossible not to search the sky for signs of smoke.
(Photo: BOM via the ABC)
The evening television News added other dimensions to the coming weekend: Cyclones menace WA, north Queensland. A cyclone is headed our way. Its strength and exact path are still speculative (up in the air), with a likely landing on Sunday.