Get­ting through Cy­clone Deb­bie

Whitsunday Times - - NEWS - SHARON SMALLWOOD Editor

NOW I know how Dorothy felt.

I was stand­ing on my bal­cony brac­ing for the huge sys­tem to hit, fully ex­pect­ing to see Toto go whizzing past along with the rest of the de­bris – in­clud­ing leaves, tree branches, pieces of roof­ing, parts of a ser­vice sta­tion and shop­ping cen­tre shade sail cloths.

It was quite some­thing. Judg­ing by the mes­sages we re­ceived and the posts dis­trib­uted across so­cial me­dia, many peo­ple shared a sim­i­lar ex­pe­ri­ence.

For some it was much worse.

As early as Mon­day morn­ing, Deb­bie had claimed her first ca­su­alty.

Po­lice said the on­set of cy­clonic weather was a fac­tor in the death of a Ger­man tourist at the in­ter­sec­tion of Shute Har­bour and Gregory Can­non Val­ley Rds.

From that tragic start to the week, I went on to hear tales of hard­ship at our cy­clone shel­ters (once peo­ple could ac­tu­ally get to them, a day af­ter evac­u­a­tions had com­menced) and losses suf­fered as the fe­ro­cious sys­tem hit.

But while my boat sus­tained a bit of dam­age, over­all I was lucky to come through Cy­clone Deb­bie rel­a­tively un­scathed.

My thoughts and prayers are with ev­ery­one who was not so for­tu­nate.

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