Floodwaters flow through submerged car in Australia

On Tuesday, Debbie battered the coast of Australia with winds up to 160mph - bringing down trees and leaving a trail of destruction.

"The CBD is being flooded and because it's now very dark and it's also windy, there are a lot of people who're scared as well", former Lismore mayor Jenny Dowell told the ABC. Exactly how it ended up there remains a mystery, though Smith wonders if perhaps the shark was chasing prey up a nearby swollen river and ended up stranded as the waters began to recede.

The aftermath of Cyclone Debbie has caused a deluge in southeast Queensland, leading the state government on Thursday to close all public, private and independent schools from Agnes Water south to the NSW border.

A bull shark has been dumped in the middle of a Queensland road after floodwaters triggered by Cyclone Debbie hit northeast Australia.

Tens of thousands of people in the affected areas are without electricity.

NSW SES assistant commissioner Kaylene Jones said it was an "absolute" possibility there were more missing people emergency workers didn't know about.

'I apologise for any inconvenience, but I do not apologise for putting the safety of Queenslanders, families and children front and centre, ' she said. "Stay out of floodwater", Queensland Fire & Emergency department tweeted.

Residents in low-lying areas of Laidley and Forest Hill were earlier told to leave their homes due to rising floodwaters.

A shark was found on the streets of Queensland, Australia, shortly after a powerful cyclone pounded the country's northeastern coast this week, immediately inspiring people to make jokes about the sci-fi film "Sharknado" having come to life.

Focus has turned to the restoration of essential services such as water and electricity in the areas hit by Debbie, including Bowen, Mackay and the Whitsundays where some 50,000 people were still without power, officials said.

Schools in storm-ravaged southeast Queensland will remain closed on Friday.

Townsville Chamber of Commerce president Troy Popham said North Queensland builders were better suited than southerners because they were used to the conditions.

  • Leroy Wright