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bushyfox
Bushyfox  (Level: 174.4 - Posts: 2403)
Fri, 8th Jun '07 7:47 AM

WE NEED YOUR PRAYERS PLEASE

The east coast of Australia has been experiencing a very wild storm for more than 24 hours now.
We have had gale-force winds, torrential rain, thunder, lightning and heavy hail.

This storm has now been upgraded to cyclone status.
It is not a high-degree category cyclone...but very scary nonetheless. We reached the eye of it mid-afternoon, during that lull searches were made for some missing people washed away off bridges, but some are still missing. However, a 12 year old boy was found alive after being washed away in floodwaters.
A friend in town called me this evening to tell me that his area is in chest-deep water, and that the group of townhouses in which he lives now has the lower floors flooded and evacuated. Many upstairs folks have given refuge to their neighbors from downstairs. He believes his new car will be a write-off as water is halfway up the windshield. Many cars in that area will be lost, as well as homes.......the damage will be (is) enormous.
Many trees are down, and houses unroofed......car accidents are extremely prevalent.

A 40,000 ton coal freighter ran aground on one of our city beaches this morning, all crew rescued safely in the middle of the gale. Two other ships almost ran aground as well, but valiant efforts managed to avert disaster.
The ship that ran up on the beach has not broken up.........yet. We pray it won't, and that it can be towed off sometime soon. The greatest fear in that situation now is an oil spill.
Five people are still missing........see this link:
http://abc.net.au/
We still have the night to get thru....this will last at least another 15~18 hours or more.

Help us with your prayers please.............?

~Bev


berylm
Berylm  (Level: 156.4 - Posts: 478)
Fri, 8th Jun '07 7:50 AM

You got 'em, Bev - all with all fingers crossed and everything else we can think of.

cymru
Cymru  (Level: 73.5 - Posts: 108)
Fri, 8th Jun '07 7:52 AM

Praying for you all Bev. As you know i have family and friends in NSW.
HOPE THE STORM DIES DOWN SOON!!!
TAKE CARE.
Lynette x


surreyman
Surreyman  (Level: 261.1 - Posts: 2770)
Fri, 8th Jun '07 7:54 AM

Every wish, Bushy.
Keep your head above water!

smoke20
Smoke20  (Level: 62.6 - Posts: 2815)
Fri, 8th Jun '07 8:02 AM

All my best hopes and wishes are with you, Bev, but you didn't tell us - how is it with you, dear?

bushyfox
Bushyfox  (Level: 174.4 - Posts: 2403)
Fri, 8th Jun '07 8:10 AM

Thanks Donna (Smoke).....so far I am OK, just very tense and edgy. I spent 13 years as a firefighter, and have all senses on "full alert" inside tonight!
A huge tree next door came down across the road this morning. If it had fallen the other way it would have crushed my neighbor's car and home.

Many places are flooded, but I am on high ground, thank God. However, there is still the threat of flying debris from roofs, branches etc., plus the chance of more trees coming down.

I don't think I will be able to sleep tonight....I'll rest easy when it's all over.

~Bev

aslan
Aslan  (Level: 27.6 - Posts: 356)
Fri, 8th Jun '07 8:20 AM

You and all around you are in my prayers. Please be safe and don't take any chances.

oldcougar
Oldcougar  (Level: 220.4 - Posts: 1935)
Fri, 8th Jun '07 8:26 AM

So sorry to hear of you & your fellow countrymen's plight. I'm praying for all I'm worth that things calm down soon & the lost people are found safe.

lancaster
Lancaster  (Level: 228.1 - Posts: 176)
Fri, 8th Jun '07 8:31 AM

I hope and pray that all will be safe. You will get through it. Miriam

kaelin
Kaelin  (Level: 49.2 - Posts: 1685)
Fri, 8th Jun '07 8:39 AM

Mine too - my grandparents at 82 lived through Hurricane Katrina - I was able to finally get through to them on Monday afternoon when the storms had died down - my grandfather had said "You've seen straight line winds and lived through them there in Texas - this was straight line rain - strangest thing I've ever seen" and having been a Marine in Guadal Canal - he's seen more than his share.

All good thoughts and prayers are with you here in "Tornado Texas"

gypsylady
Gypsylady  (Level: 142.8 - Posts: 6058)
Fri, 8th Jun '07 8:51 AM

Bev,

I'm sorry to hear about what you and your neighbors are having to face. I know it must be extremely difficult. I get antsy at tornado watches & tornado warnings. I'm wondering if Bobbsey (Diane) who also lives in Australia is being affected by this storm. I message her from time to time. She is a member here also.

My thoughts and prayers are with you, your family, and all who are being affected by the storm.

Keep us updated as much as you can.

Marilyn...

bushyfox
Bushyfox  (Level: 174.4 - Posts: 2403)
Fri, 8th Jun '07 9:10 AM

Marilyn..........Bobbsey will be going thru this too. She is about 100 miles south of here.
Prayers for all involved please?

~Bev

revdodd
Revdodd  (Level: 68.7 - Posts: 775)
Fri, 8th Jun '07 9:12 AM

Holy cow! You got it!

Been through a few 'canes myself. Folks who want to see them are folks who've never been through one.

Prayers for everyone down there.


tuzilla
Tuzilla  (Level: 134.2 - Posts: 3779)
Fri, 8th Jun '07 9:14 AM

A blessing and wishes to all of you (and yer garden).

larefamiliaris
Larefamiliaris  (Level: 135.2 - Posts: 877)
Fri, 8th Jun '07 9:19 AM

Thinking of you and all the other Ozzerians too Bushy...

marynuala
Marynuala  (Level: 133.8 - Posts: 994)
Fri, 8th Jun '07 9:45 AM

Take care Bev, you will be in my prayers.

cjar855
Cjar855  (Level: 133.4 - Posts: 838)
Fri, 8th Jun '07 9:55 AM

My Prayers are with you Bev, And all you Family and Friends. Cathy

ladyvol
Ladyvol  (Level: 205.4 - Posts: 5492)
Fri, 8th Jun '07 9:58 AM

Prayers and thoughts for you and all those in Australia who are effected by this storm...If there is anything else I can do Bev please don't hesitate to ask...
Vickie

surreyman
Surreyman  (Level: 261.1 - Posts: 2770)
Fri, 8th Jun '07 10:16 AM

Just make 'er a cuppa tea, Vickie!

osuzannacollage
Osuzannacollage  (Level: 132.1 - Posts: 1299)
Fri, 8th Jun '07 10:59 AM

Oh, Bev! Of course, you have our prayers!

The very best thing you can do is to bunker down in an interior room, hallway or closet without windows. Barring having one of those, go for the bathroom. Hopefully, you are armed with flashlights, a battery powered radio or TV, and an axe. Do not use candles during the storm! Resist the urge to go near windows. Do you still have electricity?

Also, fill up large containers and your bathtubs with water now -- just in case your water supply becomes contaminated. Use your clothes washer to store some towels and sheets and a couple of changes of clothing, as it will keep them dry. If the water is rising, go up as high as you can in your home (that's why you have the axe -- you'll need one if you have to climb through the roof) and pray. Place medications and important papers in zip-tight plastic bags.

Please keep us posted!

Susan

salzypat
Salzypat  (Level: 156.5 - Posts: 5316)
Fri, 8th Jun '07 12:01 PM

My prayers are with you and all those affected. Once the storm passes then will begin the massive clean-up and so you will need our prayers for some days to come I'm sure. By asking for prayers, you know many will be lifted up for all who are scared and suffering in that storm right now. May that thought give you some comfort.

koota
Koota  (Level: 181.9 - Posts: 2104)
Fri, 8th Jun '07 12:09 PM

Hang in there, Bev, and keep up posted. More prayers are coming from this little corner of the world.

jorboo
Jorboo  (Level: 39.1 - Posts: 141)
Fri, 8th Jun '07 1:02 PM

Our prayers are with you.

spicyhedgehog
Spicyhedgehog  (Level: 96.2 - Posts: 69)
Fri, 8th Jun '07 3:20 PM

Bev

you and all the others are in our thoughts and prayers for this trying time.

Where we live we really dont experience weather such as this and can only imagine what you all are going through. We have Gales and Flash floods but nothing compared to what you describe.

please keep safe and keep us updated

Much Love and best wishes

Rayley xx

bigbird
Bigbird  (Level: 239.6 - Posts: 3302)
Fri, 8th Jun '07 7:16 PM

I've just heard from Bev (7 PM Eastern Time on Friday 6/8) and she's asked me to put up a status report on the cyclone (hurricane to us US folk) which is hitting the East Coast of Australia.

Apparently it is a really freak storm - they don't get these things normally. This particular cyclone is a two-part system, and they are currently in the eye of the 2nd cell. She expects that it will be another day and a half before it is all over.

Bev is safe; her house is on high ground; but has lost electricity, and heat along with it. Remember, it is winter in Australia. There are many around her who have been evacuated and are in shelters on higher ground. There have been some lives lost - a bridge collapsed, sending a car and its family of passengers into the water, and other bodies have been found in the water. Cars are floating around the town, and a ship has come to rest on top of a bridge.

It all sounds very scary. Please keep the folks on the Australian coast in your thoughts and prayers.

Alice

margiematt
Margiematt  (Level: 194.4 - Posts: 388)
Fri, 8th Jun '07 7:17 PM

My prayers for you and all others threatened by the storm. I hope the damage is kept to
a minimum and that all that are lost are found soon. Please keep us posted and take care!
Margie

geophile
Geophile  (Level: 159.5 - Posts: 1521)
Fri, 8th Jun '07 7:25 PM

We will pray for all our Aussie friends in danger tonight. Bev, take care of yourself! The garden is probably history, but that's okay...new peppers will grow next year. Take care and I hope you get your electricity back on soon and the damage is minimal to your surroundings. God bless!
Claire

smoke20
Smoke20  (Level: 62.6 - Posts: 2815)
Fri, 8th Jun '07 7:51 PM


osuzannacollage
Osuzannacollage  (Level: 132.1 - Posts: 1299)
Fri, 8th Jun '07 8:26 PM


Thank you for the updates, Alice and Smoke! Please keep us all posted.

Susan

joanneeberlin
Joanneeberlin  (Level: 184.5 - Posts: 686)
Fri, 8th Jun '07 9:03 PM

Please stay safe and my prayers are with you until it is all over - the sooner the better of course. Please keep us posted Bev and take care...Jo

alaskan420
Alaskan420  (Level: 69.0 - Posts: 191)
Sat, 9th Jun '07 2:56 AM

Bev,please take care.Lord,please protect those who are in the storm,in Jesus name,Amen

aquamar
Aquamar  (Level: 179.1 - Posts: 910)
Sat, 9th Jun '07 3:11 AM

Please take care Bev, my thoughts are with you. I have never been through a cyclone but it sounds very scarry.

Cathy

greyghost
Greyghost  (Level: 68.4 - Posts: 640)
Sat, 9th Jun '07 4:00 AM

Oh great one,please spread your wings and soar,bring safety and peace to those who are in need.
Karen,(Little Wolf)

aslan
Aslan  (Level: 27.6 - Posts: 356)
Sat, 9th Jun '07 11:35 AM

Anxiously awaiting word from Bev.

gypsylady
Gypsylady  (Level: 142.8 - Posts: 6058)
Sat, 9th Jun '07 1:01 PM

I received a message from Bobbsey (Diane) who is a member, and lives near Sydney. She and her granddaughter are okay, but she was typing in the dark. I'm assuming the power was out, and she was typing on a laptop. She said she would try to write me tomorrow.

Marilyn...

rowlanda
Rowlanda  (Level: 70.0 - Posts: 2856)
Sat, 9th Jun '07 9:10 PM

Has anyone heard anything from Bev yet????
I couldn't find anything about this Storm on the news. Others but not Oz.
We need to pray for the Earth.

rowlanda
Rowlanda  (Level: 70.0 - Posts: 2856)
Sat, 9th Jun '07 10:14 PM

Consuelo was on Shout in WRs, and says she talked on the phone with Bev. She is fine.
I think the storm is over now ??????

bigbird
Bigbird  (Level: 239.6 - Posts: 3302)
Sat, 9th Jun '07 10:16 PM

I have not heard from Bev since yesterday.

Here is the latest article I can find on the cyclone:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/6736687.stm

Alice

luvnmexsun
Luvnmexsun  (Level: 147.4 - Posts: 711)
Sat, 9th Jun '07 10:51 PM

10:40 EDT...June 9

I just got off the phone with Bev...Bushyfox. The storm has passed and they are beginning clean-up. There is much damage, debris, and downed trees blocking rescue and assessment of damage. Lives are lost, but no idea yet of how many. Much of the water has drained.

Bev is fine, as well as her family. There is still no electricity and no idea when it will be restored.

She sends her thanks for the prayers and support and asks that you continue to pray for those who have lost family and homes.

She will be back with electricity...reading by flashlight now.

Consuelo

bigbird
Bigbird  (Level: 239.6 - Posts: 3302)
Sat, 9th Jun '07 10:56 PM

Consuelo - That is basically good news. According to the article I posted, there seem to be relatively few lives lost (assuming it is accurate). I'm sure Bev is anxious to get back online, and we can't wait to see her here!

Alice

1mks
1mks  (Level: 211.2 - Posts: 5886)
Sat, 9th Jun '07 11:49 PM

My very best thoughts and prayers are with you. Hang in there. Know, please that we are all thinking about you. Marsha

bushyfox
Bushyfox  (Level: 174.4 - Posts: 2403)
Sun, 10th Jun '07 5:20 AM

I am overwhelmed by your prayers and caring wishes...I am in tears with gratitude for such wonderful friends. Thank you, one and all!

Thank you God, for bringing us thru this crisis!

The last part of the cyclone passed in the early hours of this morning, leaving us with drizzle till early afternoon.
Power was restored just after dark this evening, after a 40-hour blackout. I have spent the day clearing debris, and assessing any damage (none!)

Nine lives have been lost, but there are still a few folks unaccounted for. Many homes and farms up the valley are now flooded by storm-waters, and hundreds have been evacuated. Many poor folks are still in crisis...I pray for them now.

The damage bill will be in the tens of millions.

I did pretty-much everything that Osuz outlined above: I had set up a safe li'l bunker in a windowless foyer area, all doors closed. I had a folded mattress on the floor, blankets, cellphone, bottled water, thermos of hot coffee, medkit, flashlight, candles, matches and munchies. I also had extra warm clothing, wet-weather gear and my backpack at the ready to grab if I had to get out in a hurry. I spent a chilly night fairly snugly as the gale raged. It got very scary at times as I heard branches crashing around as the wind howled. Many trees have come down, as I found out today.

Again...thank you all so much for your concern and caring: especially for the prayers!

~Bev

gypsylady
Gypsylady  (Level: 142.8 - Posts: 6058)
Sun, 10th Jun '07 5:37 AM

It's so good, Bev to see you are back on, and for the most part you and your family are okay. That was a really long blackout or it would have been for me. You don't realize until the power is off what all you need it for and how much you miss it. Alice & Consuelo gave us an update when you weren't able to. Bobbsey, Diane sent me a message yesterday, and she and her granddaughter were okay, but their power was out also. She said she'd try and write me today. It must have been a very scary situation, and I know you're relieved it's over. Keep us up to date on how you are doing! My prayers are still with you as you try and recover from all of this.

Marilyn...

aslan
Aslan  (Level: 27.6 - Posts: 356)
Sun, 10th Jun '07 8:51 AM

Bev: I am so relieved to see you are OK. I hope you make it through the aftermath without too much trouble.

You know that we all love you and will continue to pray for the best for you and all around you.

osuzannacollage
Osuzannacollage  (Level: 132.1 - Posts: 1299)
Sun, 10th Jun '07 12:40 PM


So happy to hear from you, Bev, and to know that you weathered the storm well! We're still praying for all of you.

Mother Nature is awesome indeed.

Susan

tuzilla
Tuzilla  (Level: 134.2 - Posts: 3779)
Sun, 10th Jun '07 12:53 PM

Welcome back. Glad you are all okay. Did your garden survive? You had some beautiful stuff coming on.

chickfbref1
Chickfbref1  (Level: 120.7 - Posts: 2012)
Sun, 10th Jun '07 12:54 PM

Glad to hear you're safe and sound Foxy....that's one freaky big storm.

Take care.

Me.

1mks
1mks  (Level: 211.2 - Posts: 5886)
Sun, 10th Jun '07 5:42 PM

So very happy to hear you are safe. Sploofus has done it again. I truly believe everyone pulling together with prayers is such a powerful thing. Marsha

oogie54
Oogie54  (Level: 201.6 - Posts: 1120)
Sun, 10th Jun '07 7:47 PM

Glad you came through that frightening experience safely Bev, must have been a terrible ordeal. Wishing you the best as you and your community recover. Danny

bushyfox
Bushyfox  (Level: 174.4 - Posts: 2403)
Sun, 10th Jun '07 7:56 PM

Thank you again one and all! I do believe the power of prayer has helped many of us thru this very frightening time.

Many are still in need of your continued spiritual support though, as major rivers up the valley have breached their banks, and many homes are lost to floodwaters. Farms in rural areas are affected as well, and there is difficulty in saving livestock. Many crops have been lost or threatened.

That ship is still aground on Nobby's Beach.....we pray that it can be removed when the seas have subsided somewhat, and that it does not get damaged, and spill fuel on our so-beautiful beaches!

See this link:~
http://abc.net.au/newcastle/

God's blessings to all of you for your concern and support!

~Bev



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