Bushfire tweets

A selection of my Twitter messages about the Victorian bushfires as they unfolded.Some of my Twitter comments on the #bushfires are chronicled below. As you can see, things started out fairly jolly:

12:03 PM Feb 7th: 12pm report: 42ºC ??? Sun’s over the yardarm…

1:01 PM Feb 7th: 1pm report: 44C; windy. Hot as Hades out there.

2:06 PM Feb 7th: 2pm: 45C #melbheatwave #centralvic

3:05 PM Feb 7th: BOM reports temp at Avalon 47.9 2:50pm #melbheatwave

3:52 PM Feb 7th: RT @andrewbarnett 100km-long plume of smoke from Kilmore fire shows as rain on the radar: http://mirror.bom.gov.au/pr…

3:58 PM Feb 7th: 4pm report: temperature has fallen to 44C. The sky has changed colour.

4:01 PM Feb 7th: @774melbourne is doing a magnificent job covering the #bushfire emergency. #props.

4:51 PM Feb 7th: @774melbourne Richard, Rochelle, Tonya and all the 774 crew are doing a great job. You guys rock!


February 7, 2009 at 6:29: RT @774melbourne NEMCO announced more power lines have been impacted by fire. Load shedding could be possibile for over 100,000 customers

February 7, 2009 at 18:38: God SBS news has become comically bad. Today’s top stories are that Sydney got to 30-something & a fire in NSW burned out 10ha. FAIL

February 8, 2009 at 7:35: A sad, horrible, dreadful day. 25 dead, hundreds of homes lost, multiple fires still burning out of control. #au #bushfires

February 8, 2009 at 6:39: Kinglake and Marysville have been virtually destroyed.

February 8, 2009 at 8:22: CFA number to call if you are concerned about family or friends 1800 727 077 #au #vic #bushfire

February 8, 2009 at 8:58: @vicpremier is calling on people to give blood if they can #au #vic #bushfire

February 8, 2009 at 9:09: ABC TV showing aerial vision of Marysville. The town is almost totally destroyed. #bushfire

February 8, 2009 at 12:46: Previous big #bushfires have had names – Ash Wednesday, Black Friday. What will this one be called?

February 8, 2009 at 14:08: Lots of user-contributed photos of the #vic #bushfires on the ABC site: http://is.gd/iMKS

February 8, 2009 at 4:03: Now 50 people confirmed dead. More Victorians have now died in this #bushfire than in the Ash Wednesday #bushfires.

February 11, 2009 at 8:18: RT @harleyd: Some loony activists are asking GLBT people not to donate to the Red Cross Bushfire Appeal because of the org’s gay blood ban.

At this point my Twitter stream goes silent. As the enormity of what was happening overwhelmed us, it was impossible to find further words to convey what I was thinking.

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