Tropical Cyclone Debbie Looked Massive and Furious From the Space Station
- Author: Leroy Wright Apr 04, 2017,
Apr 04, 2017, 23:06
Bad weather is expected to hit the southeast corner on Thursday and Friday, before the rain depression that was cyclone Debbie moves offshore.
Howling winds, heavy rain and huge seas continue to pound the North Queensland Coast after Tropical Cyclone Debbie barrelled its way through the state's north-east, smashing homes, destroying jetties and cutting power to thousands of properties.
"We're progressively getting information out of there (and) I'm pleased to say the information that we're getting is whilst there are significant damage there are no injured people".
The storm named Cyclone Debbie made landfall near Airlie Beach around midday.
Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said assessing damage was hard because communities had been cut off from power and phone reception. The wall collapsed at Proserpine, roughly 900 km northwest of Brisbane, and the man was taken to the hospital.
'You know, out of all of this, to see a little miracle, I think, brings a smile to a lot of faces, ' she told ABC News Breakfast.
He is now in a stable condition in hospital. The Insurance Council of Australia declared a catastrophe in the region, triggering emergency measures for dealing with the large number of expected insurance claims.
More than 48,000 homes were without power across the Bowen, Mackay and Whitsunday regions and more than 400 schools and childcare centres closed.
ICA CEO Rob Whelan said it was too early to gauge the extent of the damage but insurers were ready to assist policyholders who suffered financial losses caused by the Category 4 cyclone.
"The last couple of hours have been frightening, actually".
"In Proserpine, a lot of residential damage in there as well".
The Bureau of Meteorology has issued a flood watch for coastal catchments between Ayr and the New South Wales border, extending inland to Maranoa and Warrego, the Darling Downs and Granite Belt districts. Despite Debbie losing power when it finally made landfall on Tuesday, the region is still being subjected to intense winds and strong rainfall, up to 20 inches, according to the BBC, leading to flash fooding which can be equally unsafe for residents. Now the strongest wind gusts are affecting areas north of about Emerald to St Lawrence.