All is fine.
We got plenty of rain but the ex-cyclone crossed the coast north of us and went back out to sea so thankfully we didn't receive the predicted wild winds.
Mr E worked non-stop to install the bigger pumps in our front and back yards before the rain set in, and he also replaced and extended our down pipes so the water flowed away from the foundations of the house. This was a huge job and I am still in awe of the work he put in to reduce the pooling of storm water.
The pump in the backyard ran for 24 hours, pumping 20,000 litres of water per hour out to the street, and though our yard is still a sea it is far better than it would have been had hubby not replaced the small pump for a larger and more powerful one.
Thanks for your prayers and kind concern. The animals stayed indoors looking for dark hidey holes as is normal for them in bad weather, but what surprised me was the frogs trying to get in the back door, not to mention the one who actually achieved that goal. I found him jumping around the bathroom in the middle of the night! Mr E is up at the pool right now (it was overflowing) removing frogs and toads - they are everywhere and now that the rain is gone Sophie cat is keen to catch some so he's shooing her away at the same time.
This being our first cyclone/tropical low in the new home we did not know what to expect and it was quite alarming the other night during heavy rain when we realised the house could flood if we didn't do something quickly to avert water before this bigger storm arrived.
We still haven't been tested with regards to high winds (and there are some non-compliant structures the previous owner erected that must be removed soon) but one thing at a time, by the grace of God.
We discovered over the course of this past week that there is still much to be done around the outside of the house so over these school holidays my beloved will continue to make the home more weather-secure and eventually we'll fill the front yard with garden.
Now that the storm has passed we'll be experiencing very hot days with extreme humidity. It's always something in the tropics. LOL! Tonight we drove down to the Strand and sat by the beach in a lovely cooling breeze and ate fish and chips, relishing the dry air and the drop in temperature before the heat returns tomorrow.
Wherever you are, may the Lord's hand be upon you and keep you safe, loved and fully at peace as you trust in Him.