Floods engulf towns and thousands evacuated in Australia after Cyclone Debbie

Category four Cyclone Debbie hit northeastern Australia on Tuesday between Bowen and Airlie Beach ripping up trees and causing widespread damage that is still being assessed.

"Do not do anything that is even remotely risky, please protect yourselves and those around you, they are very unsafe conditions", NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian was quoted as saying by the ABC.

According to Queensland's Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk, some 50,000 people are without power in the regions of Bowen, Mackay and Whitsunday as the cyclone damaged more than 600 power lines.

Police say they recovered the bodies of two women from floodwaters late on Friday.

Evacuation orders have also been given to Tweed Heads, Kingscliff and Murwillumbah town.

Mar 31, 2017- Australian authorities fear people may have drowned as a flood emergency grips two states in the wake of Cyclone Debbie.

Luke Smith, mayor of Logan, said of the expected cost: "This is unprecedented for us".

While power has been restored to 15,000 homes and businesses, Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk says about 50,000 remain without after nearly four days blacked out.

The military and emergency personnel were working to restore essential services such as water and electricity in towns that were in the direct path of Debbie in northern Queensland.

"We were pretty amazed, we were turning up to shoot a flooding road, we weren't expecting to see wildlife as well".

"We have everything happening, we've got people on rooftops, we've had people stuck in vans, it's a disaster, an utter disaster", NSW State Emergency Services Controller Ian Leckie told Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) radio.

But the continuing drama is not just isolated to New South Wales, with the state of Queensland still under threat from the catastrophic aftermath of Cyclone Debbie.

One pulled up at The Lagoon in the centre of town while the other went The Centro shopping centre.

Ms Fentiman said the roads to her home were still cut off but a photo sent by a neighbour revealed the top floor of the property was the only part above water.

The Insurance Council of Australia declared the Queensland and northern NSW regions disaster zones, adding that the damage bill could reach Aus$1 billion (US$770 million).

The storm also caused damage to the Great Barrier Reef.

  • Zachary Reyes