After the Storm: Ex-Tropical Cyclone Oswald has moved on leaving the sea seething

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bdeh on February 1, 2013

Great shot of the waves Ian. Greetings Berend

Fritz77 on February 1, 2013

Great photos of the recent storm Ian. Very impressive show of the forces of nature. Like them all as photos, although I feel for those who lost their belongings or worse had loved ones or themselves hurt. Hope you fared o.k., Cheers Fritz

Ian Stehbens on February 1, 2013

Dear Berend,

Thanks for your appreciation. The phenomenon of sea foam burying caravans and cars was on a scale I have never witnessed before. All the grass in the parks and gardens nearby is now burnt brown, dying because of the salt carried by the foam.



Ian Stehbens on February 1, 2013

Thanks Fritz,

Many people are shattered by the inundation of homes, vehicles, business premises and farms. The Burnett Catchment that discharges through Bundaberg, has had an unprecedented flood, whilst other areas have been flooded again after record floods in the last 2 or 3 years.

Once the cyclone crossed from the Coral Sea to the land it became a big rain depression and moved very slowly at times. The system was almost stationary for about 3 days, centred NW of Bundaberg, and so it drew in rain from the oceanic air dumping it to the east, SE and south of its centre, on the large Burnett catchment. The smaller towns including Eidsvold, Gayndah and Mundubbera as well as Bundaberg and its coastal suburbs have been severely affected by both flood and local tornadoes that came in from the sea.

I will probably upload one of the flood soon.

Big storms like this also result in vast volumes of sand being moved and relocated all along the coast - all part of a natural process - but there now has to be a big effort and adjustments made by those who live along the coast or who maintain shipping channels, boat harbours and recreational infrastructure.

Warm regards,


David Edwards on February 2, 2013

We don't need anymore, Oswalds, Ian!!!

A like for the series.

Best wishes, David.

Nick Weall on February 2, 2013

An interesting series Ian ~ well recorded ~ warm wishes ~ nick

Ian Stehbens on February 2, 2013

Oswald has disgraced himself, David. Breaking the drought and bringing wonderful rain is just a wonderful Australia Day birthday, but throwing tantrums and refusing to move on is another thing all together! The small tornadoes along the coast associated with the depression also wreaked havoc with their destructive violence wherever they touched down - at Buderim, Burrum Heads, Bargara, for example.

The depression sat over the large Burnett Catchment for about 4 days, and the flooding that resulted is disastrous.

Thanks for your interest and sympathy,


Ian Stehbens on February 2, 2013

Hello Nick,

It is good to be able to share a little of all this with you. I was working on the Sunshine Coast and had to leave my home during all this, so my wife has endured the storm at our home location apart from me hence both flood and coastal photos in the set.

Best wishes,


Nick Weall on February 2, 2013

I hope you do not live in a low lying area then Ian ~ My Gosport flat is immediately by the water, but my flat is thirteen floors up and the ground floor of the block is built to withstand some flooding too. Being on the surrounds of Portsmouth harbour we are pretty protected until storm surges come along. All the best ~ nick

Ian Stehbens on February 3, 2013

Our property slopes down into a floodable area, Nick, but our home is on a flood-free site i.e. above the record height set in 1893 by a 'super-flood'. If we were ever to be flooded, there would be another national calamity!

And, our carpark doesn't flood either.


Nick Weall on February 3, 2013

Sounds like you can leave the carpets down then Ian :))))

Geerten on February 8, 2013

wow, this not too nice to see... I didn't hear about this.

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