01 February 2013
And it's called the "Lucky Country"
Once again, Australia is terrifying at times.
Cyclone Oswald was downgraded to a tropical storm as it hit the coast of QLD. However, the rain and destruction and flooding it brought caost the city of Bundaberg $2.5 million in damage alone. Brisbane had large chunks of the city without electricity for over 24 hrs, and Telstra lost both its main and back up fibre optic cables. That meant no cell coverage, no ATMs, and no '000' (the Australian equivalent of '911'. It sure made a mess. NSW and TAS have been on fire for most of January.
Red Cross is accepting donations for those who have lost homes.