Cov­er­ing a cy­clone ‘around the clock’

Whitsunday Times - - NEWS - SHARON SMALL­WOOD Ed­i­tor

FROM the minute we knew Cy­clone Deb­bie was headed our way, our team at the Whit­sun­day Times has been op­er­at­ing as an on­line news room to bring read­ers the lat­est in­for­ma­tion and sto­ries as they’ve un­folded.

Amaz­ingly, we have man­aged to do this with­out power or wa­ter our­selves, work­ing long hours and in chal­leng­ing sit­u­a­tions.

Just like many of our read­ers, our staff have been im­pacted by Deb­bie’s de­struc­tion, with many of us suf­fer­ing dam­age to homes and other prop­erty.

But we have been proud to help the com­mu­nity in this time of need and will con­tinue to bring you the news as it breaks rather than wait­ing for a print prod­uct to get it out.

We have been us­ing our Whit­sun­day Times and Whit­sun­day Coast Guardian web­sites and Face­book pages to dis­perse es­sen­tial in­for­ma­tion such as Bureau of Me­te­o­rol­ogy up­dates when the cy­clone was on ap­proach and wa­ter, power and safety up­dates in the af­ter­math.

We have also been un­cov­er­ing many of the pow­er­ful sto­ries emerg­ing from those af­fected across the re­gion, as well as about the won­der­ful souls who have been vol­un­teer­ing their time to help.

If there is some­one you think should be recog­nised as one of “Deb­bie’s heroes” let us know via ed­i­tor@ whit­sun­day­

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