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    Celia Thread Starter

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    27 September 2018 at 7:27 pm
    27 September 2018 at 7:27 pm

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  • Celia Thread Starter

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    25 May 2020 at 11:35 am
    25 May 2020 at 11:35 am

    Australia has become the Pawn in the chess game between the two powers!

    China’s chilling new threat: Beijing warns Australia will ‘feel the pain’ of more economic punishment if it supports the US in a ‘new cold war’

    NEW The United States said on Friday it would ban trade with 33 Chinese companies in a move that could signal the start of a ‘new cold war’, according to Chinese media.

    • Incognito

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      25 May 2020 at 7:32 pm
      25 May 2020 at 7:32 pm

      Will be interesting if Trump pressures Scomo on this one, because Australia relies on too much trade with China it is very risky to get involved.

  • Celia Thread Starter

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    25 May 2020 at 11:45 am
    25 May 2020 at 11:45 am

    Something needs to be done about this situation.

    Frightening photo shows an enormous feral cat carrying a 6kg sand goanna in its mouth in Australia’s rugged Simpson Desert

    Enormous feral cat captured with dead sand goanna in its mouth in Australia's rugged

    A mammoth feral cat has been spotted in the Simpson desert making a meal out of a goanna. Researchers captured the cat on film at the Ethabuka Reserve near the Queensland-Northern Territory border. The enormous feline was walking through the back of footage recorded by wildlife cameras set up to study decomposing animals.

    • Incognito

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      25 May 2020 at 7:34 pm
      25 May 2020 at 7:34 pm

      The feral cats seem to be getting bigger, evolving into dangerous killing machines, desimating the wildlife, might be time to stop killing kangroos and start shooting feral cats (sorry I do not condone any animal killing but the method of sterilizing them is the only other option so they cannot breed).

  • Celia Thread Starter

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    25 May 2020 at 12:04 pm
    25 May 2020 at 12:04 pm

    Storm hits Perth as ex-Tropical Cyclone Mangga delivers wild weather across WA, power cut to thousands

    Posted 3hhours ago, updated 1hhour ago
    A badly damaged home.

    This shop in the Perth suburb of Bedford suffered extensive damage in the storm.(Supplied: Night News)

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    A massive storm is wreaking havoc on southern coastal parts of Western Australia, including Perth, with thousands of homes without power, trees down and reports of widespread property damage.

    Key points:

    • The SES has responded to hundreds of call-outs for property damage
    • Tens of thousands of properties across WA were without power overnight
    • A wind gust of 126kph was recorded at Cape Leeuwin in the South West

    State Emergency Services (SES) staff have answered hundreds of calls for help overnight and this morning.

    Most were for structural and roof damage with the majority of call-outs in the Perth metropolitan area and Mid West Gascoyne.

    Wind gusts of up to 132 kilometres per hour were recorded at Cape Leeuwin, in the state’s south-west, at 4:15am,while Kalgoorlie Airport recorded gusts of up to 94kph.

    A satellite image of a storm front moving over WA

    Severe weather is impacting a thousands of kilometres of WA’s coast.(Supplied: Bureau of Meteorology)

    Western Power is working to restore supplies to about 50,000 properties from the Mid West to the Great Southern districts, including Perth.

    Relief won’t come until later today

    Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) forecaster Rohan Smith told ABC Radio damaging winds would continue for much of the south of the state throughout Monday.

    “Winds have now eased up in the north-west, anywhere south-west of a line Lancelin to Bremer Bay can expect gusts isolated gusts of 130kph this morning,” he said.

    “That includes Perth, and it won’t ease until this afternoon into the evening.

    “Between Kalbarri and Augusta, people on the coast need to watch out for a dangerous storm tide, which is going to be well above the normal high tide mark, with damaging waves and flooding also expected.

    “This will extend further east to Albany during the day.”

    A big wave hits the pylon at Cottesloe Beach.

    A huge swell whipped up by the storm batters Perth’s Cottesloe Beach.(ABC News: Nicolas Perpitch)

    A big wave hits Cottesloe Beach as swimmers look on in the foreground.

    A few swimmers braved the stormy water at Cottesloe Beach.(ABC News: Nicolas Perpitch)

    Heavy rainfall, power outages across South West

    The SES responded to almost 400 requests for assistance across the state from about 8:00am on Sunday and Department of Fire and Emergency Services chief superintendent Danny Mosconi told ABC Radio Perth the majority had come from the Perth metropolitan area. 

    “Pretty much the whole metro area and in fact most of the state … we’re starting to see some coming in now from the South West as well, but [it’s been] pretty widespread,” he said.

    “A lot of structural damage, roof damage, water inundation trees down over property.”

    A car near a huge fallen tree at night.

    Trees were down across Perth, including this one in the northern suburb of Greenwood.(Supplied: Night News)

    BOM forecaster Noel Pusey said the central Pilbara coast had received 30–40 millimetres of rain, while Learmonth had 59.6mm.

    “In the south, they had some pretty reasonable falls of 51–52mm around the South West capes, [and] wind gusts, the strongest one we’ve seen was 132kph at Cape Leeuwin,” he said.

    “That low definitely caused a quite a strong pressure gradient through there and pretty decent westerly gales through there, and I expect the tides were higher than normal through the Geographe Bay area but right along the west coast.”

    A radar image of WA's south-west showing a purple storm off the coast with the land coloured green and yellow.

    The storm system is impacting the entire south-west of WA.(Supplied: Windy.com)

    Hailstorms possible in Perth

    Strong winds were expected to continue throughout the south-west corner of the state, BOM spokesman Neil Bennett said.

    “The strongest winds now are likely to be down in that south-west corner with a very deep low pressure system … really dominating the pattern down there for the next day,” he said.

    The Perth metropolitan area would potentially face wind gusts of up to 80–90kph today, with a small risk of hail, mainly in the city’s south-eastern suburbs.

    A large sheet of corrogated iron hangs from a powerline.

    Part of a roof was hurled onto powerlines in the southern Perth suburb of St James.(ABC News: Jon Sambell)

    “Perth itself, the heaviest falls have been up in the Hills — we’ve had falls of 30mm up through Bickley and Perth itself close to 20mm so far,” Mr Bennett said.

    The Wheatbelt had seen falls of about 10–15mm, with coastal areas receiving about 20–30mm.

    “Margaret River [has had] around 50mm and 60mm up in Exmouth,” Mr Bennett said.

    “The Pilbara coastal areas will get the heaviest falls today because there’s still remnants of all the tropical air up there.”

    A purple car with a tree branch rammed through the roof and sticking out the wheel arch.

    The storm caused widespread damage to cars and buildings across WA, including towns like Manjimup.(Supplied: Manjimup Police)

    Western Power spokesman Paul Entwistle told ABC Radio Perth a large pocket of properties in Kalgoorlie had been left in the dark.

    “Somehow a shed from around the area has been picked up and thrown into one of our sub-stations in Kalgoorlie,” he said.

    “So that’s 15,000 customers currently off the grid due to a shed wrapping itself around infrastructure inside the sub-station, near Piccadilly.

    Yesterday, the entire town of Margaret River lost power as the storm moved south.

    The unusual weather is the result of a system from ex-Tropical Cyclone Mangga interacting with a cold front.

    The official Australian cyclone season ended on April 30 and BOM said while some cyclones were known to form in early May, it was rare to see one so late in the month.

  • Celia Thread Starter

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    25 May 2020 at 12:12 pm
    25 May 2020 at 12:12 pm
    Trees were felled in Kalgoorlie by the storm.

    Trees were felled in Kalgoorlie by the storm.

    • Celia Thread Starter

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      25 May 2020 at 12:14 pm
      25 May 2020 at 12:14 pm

      This is a pretty big tree by the look of the branches, so why the shallow roots, cannot see a tap root either.

  • PlanB

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    25 May 2020 at 2:11 pm
    25 May 2020 at 2:11 pm

    We have had some rain wind and rather cold weather — but I bet nothing compared with the west,  glad you are OK Celia

    • Celia Thread Starter

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      25 May 2020 at 3:18 pm
      25 May 2020 at 3:18 pm

      Thank you Plan B.  I just hope those further east and south of us are safe, it looks if they have caught the worst of the weather.  But there is a warning that hail could be on the cards later this afternoon!  I hate hail it cuts into all the plants and destroys them, not to mention denting the vehicles!

  • Celia Thread Starter

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    25 May 2020 at 3:14 pm
    25 May 2020 at 3:14 pm

    Rather ironic that this should be news today of all days!

    I thought you would be interested in this story I found on MSN:
    a group of sheep walking across a dry grass field: The first lot of hearings will run for two weeks. (ABC News: James Carmody) © Provided by ABC NEWS The first lot of hearings will run for two weeks. (ABC News: James Carmody)

    The Bureau of Meteorology has told the Royal Commission into National Natural Disaster Arrangements the 2019-2020

    Bushfires, the season “played out” the way its forecasts said it would.

    Today is the first witness hearings for the commission and will focus on climate change and the financial impact of the fires.

    This story will be regularly updated throughout Monday.

    Bureau of Meteorology forecasted ‘Black Summer’

    The commission started its first day of witness hearings with Dr Karl Braganza from the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM), who

    Said the weather forecasts done ahead of the last bushfire season proved to be very accurate.

    Dr Braganza told the commission a mix of climate drivers in the past few years led to an extended dry period, hotter than average

    Temperatures and reduced humidity, particularly over the south-eastern states.

  • Celia Thread Starter

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    25 May 2020 at 6:19 pm
    25 May 2020 at 6:19 pm

    I came across this for Australian roast potato, they are nothing like I would call a roast potato what do you think?

    The cookbook author used just three ingredients to make the dish – potatoes, salt and olive oil

     https://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/food/article-8353193/Celebrity-chef-Maggie-Beers-surprisingly-simple-trick-getting-perfect-crispy-roast-potatoes.html?ito=email_share_article-image-share 

     The cookbook author used just three ingredients to make the dish - potatoes, salt and olive oil

  • Celia Thread Starter

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    25 May 2020 at 6:22 pm
    25 May 2020 at 6:22 pm

    Now we have gender neutral names!

    Perhaps ‘it’ will come next!

    The ‘gender neutral’ baby name trend on the rise in Australia – as the top 10 for 2020 are released

        

    Australian parents are choosing quirkier names for their children than ever before, despite two traditional options topping the list in 2020.

  • Celia Thread Starter

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    25 May 2020 at 11:37 am
    25 May 2020 at 11:37 am

    Thank you for asking Plan B.  We are ok, just a lot of wind and rain over the last 24 hours.

    But I cannot speak for others in this state, hope they are ok.

    Lot probably cannot answer as a few areas have lost power.

    I don’t think many people on this site know about this Australia Thread either, mores the pity as it would be good if more people would contribute to it.

  • Incognito

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    25 May 2020 at 7:28 pm
    25 May 2020 at 7:28 pm

    Glad you are okay Celia and did not get blown away (well not physically anyway lol).

    They did say the wind was like a category 2 cyclone, lucky it is heading away from Australia now.

  • Celia Thread Starter

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    25 May 2020 at 11:40 am
    25 May 2020 at 11:40 am

    Perhaps some guys are storing their beer Incognito just incase like the women did the toilet paper!  LOL

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