Queenslanders have awoken this morning to discover the full extent of tropical Cyclone Debbie’s destruction, and they have taken to social media to share their stories.
Roofs were ripped from houses, powerlines fell, and trees littered major roads, as local residents found shelter in their houses and waited for the storm to pass.
Whitsunday Mayor Andrew Wilcox has likened the devastation to ‘a war zone’.
Cyclone Debbie may have brought out the worst in nature, but it also brought out the best in people, with local residents already rallying together to begin the big clean up.
Here are some of the most devastating and unexpected photos from the last 48 hours:
— Gina Rushton (@ginarush) March 26, 2017
Some beautiful news out of Cannonvale this morning with a baby girl born at the Whitsunday Ambulance Station around 4.20am this morning. Mum, Dad and bub are safe and doing well. Baby Billyanna was delivered by Mum Suzanne with the support of Dad Tim and assistance from Grad Paramedic Pamela Price, Advanced Care Paramedic Peter Gleeson, Critical Care Paramedic Anthony Fletcher, Doctor Melissa McCann and midwife Demelza Griffin. Well done team. Congratulations and best wishes to the family – they will certainly have a very interesting story to tell Billyanna about her eventful arrival into the world. #qldambulance #qas #ambulance #emergency#triplezero #disaster #paramedic #paramediclife #response #TCDebbie #CycloneDebbie #thisisqueensland #queensland #townsville #cannonvale #Whitsundays #baby #congratulations #proudparents
— ABC News (@abcnews) March 28, 2017