Getting through Cyclone Debbie
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.