Well, what a night it was last night! There had been severe weather warnings for the Port Augusta area of storms, rain and gale force winds of up to 120km/h. They were warning everyone to stay inside, away from windows and to tie down and secure anything that could blow away! I can say that we weren't exactly looking forward to the night.
We got back to camp about 6pm and it was just starting to rain. We spoke to the new guy staying next to us and he mentioned that the winds had been pretty bad throughout the day, it had apparently been too much for the girls camped next to us and they packed up and left, they weren't waiting for a night of that wind aswell!
Luckily we had already heard about the weather heading our way so had made sure the tent was tied down and chairs and table were inside the tent before we left in the morning. The only damage we saw when we got back was that some of our floor mats we use at the front of the tent had blown around!
There was a lot of thunder and lightening around and then the rain started getting heavier so we moved into the tent, just in time for the wind to start! We had positioned the Prado right across the front of the tent to try and block the direction the wind was coming from, I'm sure it helped, but the wind seemed to be blowing from every drection. The tent and guy ropes certainly we working hard.
Anyway we survived the night, it turned out not being too bad. I think the weather must have changed direction and we only got the edge of it.
We spoke to another camper this morning and his tent had been leaking pretty bad last night, so bad that his wife and kids left in the middle of the night to go stay with relatives nearby, haha.
We were fine though, no leaks and no damage this morning. I think after Vic sending us to Captain Billy's Landing as part of our Cape York itinerary the tent already had its training for windy and rainy conditions and was prepared for anything after that!!