I decided this morning to bail out to Adelaide for a few days to 1) escape the bad weather, since I was unable to get a bed in Melrose; 2) see about fixing my tent by either replacing the carbon fiber pole extender with a PVC tube or getting the damaged part of the extender cut off and reinforcing the rest in the hope that it won’t break again. Bus service in northern South Australia is sparse, but there happened to be a bus passing through Melrose today, so I was in luck… sort of. All phone service had been severed by the storm, a reservation is required for the bus, and I didn’t know whether it would stop in the town if not picking up/dropping off people. A popular bus. Determined to get on anyway, I was carrying my gear to the camp kitchen when I got into a conversation with the teacher of the school group. As it turned out, the school group was bailing out to Adelaide too, and they had an extra seat. Lucky!
We saw lots of flooding on the drive south, and were in danger of running out of gas for awhile since most of the gas stations were closed. I found out later that the storm was classified as a cyclone in Adelaide and a once-in-fifty years event. Wikipedia has this to say.