Published: Mon, April 10, 2017
Research | By Francis Brooks

Cyclone rips off roofs, flings boats onto land in Australia

Cyclone rips off roofs, flings boats onto land in Australia

Tropical Cyclone Debbie ravaged the northeastern state of Queensland on Tuesday, leaving a trail of destruction, and ongoing concerns on Wednesday, in its wake.

A boat smashed against the bank at Shute Harbour, Airlie Beach, Wednesday, March 29, 2017, near the point where Cyclone Debbie hit Queensland's far north coast yesterday as a category 4 cyclone, causing wide spread damage.

Last night prime minister Malcolm Turnbull confirmed there had been one death as a result of the storm, "a vehicle accident caused by strong winds".

Another man was badly hurt in Proserpine, 100km north of Mackay, after a wall collapsed on him.

Cyclone Debbie is the strongest storm to hit Queensland since Cyclone Yasi wreaked-havoc in 2011. Daydream Island Resort said it sustained significant damage, including to its jetty and accommodation wings.

"There is flash flooding and we're expecting more of it", she said. He could see that four of his neighbors' sheds had been destroyed and every house within sight - including his own - had lost their fences.

Mackay local Jass Adlam spoke to Kawe Kōrero last night and said, "The rain is literally coming down horizontally and it is so hard.you can hear it on the roof". "It really is so loud".

His wife and two of their daughters were so scared they were hiding under blankets. Meanwhile, one of his other daughters - whom he described as "a real weather nerd" - was enthralled with the storm, and was diligently listening to the radio for updates on its path.

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The family's power had been out since Tuesday morning, and they were resigned to several more hours of waiting until it was safe to emerge from the house.

He said the Australian Defense Force's engineering capabilities are created to clear debris and open particular road to let the community go about their business. 30,000 people received instructions to evacuate.

Hundreds of schools closed Tuesday and more than 20,000 households were without power by mid-afternoon, the AP said.

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull told reporters at the Crisis Coordination Centre in Canberra: "Nature has flung her worst at the people of Queensland".

"Above all, the important message is to stay safe and follow the advice of the authorities". "Be prepared to shelter in place until Wednesday".

The devastation left behind by the storm has some residents ready to walk away from their business and the region.

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"We have power lines down with awnings ripped off buildings, a lot of signs knocked off", he told Nine Network. If not, please consider doing so by clicking on the button below.

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