After the festivities were over, I checked the weather radar on the iPad and saw that a very intense storm cell was heading towards our area from the west.
Luckily the center crossed the coast just to the north of us dumping 30mm of rain onto Ulladulla in 15 minutes.
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We arrived home the next morning to find no electricity (a tree had fallen over power lines in the vicinity) but no damage. We had only 15mm in the rain gauge. Our neighbours said there was some wind with lots of thunder and lightning and a little hail (a grape grower's nightmare) before a short intense downpour. But it was soon over.
We lost a few more vine shoots but that was it. Another wind storm the next day knocked off a few more.
A few days later another one hit bringing down a tree over a boundary fence facing the highway. That was very quickly repaired. Our cattle wandering onto that busy road does not bear thinking about.
So not a great start to the season.
While power outages are not as common in our area as they used to be (at least once a month) due to improved infrastructure and maintenance, we are almost in complete shut down at home during such a period. No lights, no TV, no internet, no cooking (except the gas BBQ), fridge out of action and no water (our domestic supply is pumped from tanks).
But it's one of the small things you have to put up with occasionally in a rural area.
The price of living in paradise I guess.