What’s trend­ing on so­cial me­dia this week

Central and North Burnett Times - - WEEKEND - With Alexia Pur­cell

WITH­OUT a doubt, ex-trop­i­cal cy­clone Deb­bie was the big­gest trend­ing topic on so­cial me­dia this week.

Shortly af­ter she tore through Hamil­ton Is­land, the first ma­jor vic­tim as she smashed the Queens­land coast, I spoke with one hol­i­day maker who de­scribed it as “bloody may­hem”.

"The roar was so loud, wind was phe­nom­e­nal, all the win­dows rat­tled and shook vi­o­lently!

“There are houses with roofs ripped off, glass pan­els smashed, gut­ter­ing miss­ing, trees up­rooted, golf bug­gies shred­ded...” Mat Gar­ner said.

In the days that fol­lowed, hor­rific pho­tos re­vealed the ex­tent of the dam­age caused by Deb­bie’s 200km/h plus winds.

But for oth­ers, some of the dam­age was yet to be re­vealed. The day af­ter Deb­bie hit I spoke to a woman whose mother was anx­iously wait­ing for the flood­wa­ters to re­cede to see the ex­tend of the dam­age done to her Seaforth prop­erty.

All she knew of the dam­age was this photo her neigh­bour sent her.

"She lost beach front and shade sails in Yasi but this is a once in a life­time flood.

"I'm just glad she wasn't there,” daugh­ter Tonie Rolfe said.

PHOTO: SUP­PLIED

◗ Tonie Rolfe's mother's house (blue awn­ing, second prop­erty) is in­un­dated with wa­ter

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