Guests glad to be back on mainland
IT WASN’T the island holiday Rob Chynoweth was expecting.
Arriving at the Port of Airlie ferry terminal after a horror stay on Daydream Island he said riding out Cyclone Debbie on the tropical resort was an experience he would not forget.
“Those winds, I have never felt anything like it. They are saying the winds peaked at 280kmh on Daydream Island,” he said.
Mr Chynoweth said he had planned for a relaxing getaway and to celebrate his son’s wedding.
“It was great on the Saturday and then from Sunday afternoon we were on lock down until the storm passed and it didn’t pass until Tuesday.”
And while the island guests were in lock down Mr Chynoweth described the battering the buildings endured.
“We were right on the end on our block. A palm tree had knocked off a section of brick wall and it landed in the court yard. I tell ya what that got my attention pretty quickly,” he said.
“I thought the whole wall was going to come down. (And) it was ripping palm trees out of the ground.”
Visitors to the island were kept on water rations since the cyclone hit last Tuesday afternoon.
And before their evacuation the intense thunderstorm that rolled in over the Whitsundays on the back end of TC Debbie had Mr Chynoweth wondering how long visitors would have to stay on the island.
“With all that thunder and lightning, I thought we were never going to get off the island,” he said.
Daydream Island released a statement that 116 staff and guests had been evacuated.
RELIEVED: Rob Chynoweth was glad to arrive on the mainland from Daydream Island on Thursday, March 30 after experiencing the full force of Cyclone Debbie.