The trail of destruction left across north Queensland after Cyclone Debbie ended its torment has been revealed in shocking before and after photos.
On Wednesday, locals woke up to a ‘war zone’, with yachts run aground and family homes left completely unrecognisable, after 260km/h winds and torrential rain smashed coastal towns.
Shocking photos show the effect of the category 4 cyclone as emergency services and residents face a major clean-up of the state.
The trail of destruction left across north Queensland after Cyclone Debbie ended its torment has been revealed in shocking before and after photos. Pictured is the Shute Harbour ferry terminal before the storm (right) and after (left)
At Shute Harbour in Airlie Beach, boatmen were pictured looking on in disbelief after more than 30 expensive yachts and fishing boats were pushed up onto the banks in the cyclone.
Dozens of vessels were sitting in the mud adjacent to the road as the rain continued to fall on Wednesday.
‘This is millions of dollars worth of infrastructure,’ boat owner James Wighton said.
Mr Wighton said while his uninsured trimaran was still on its moorings, it had been flipped upside down in the weather.
The Shute Harbour boat terminal also copped a beating with much of its structure torn away and the pier pushed up onto the carpark.
In Airlie Beach, the Colonial Palms Motor Inn (pictured before the storm, right, and after, left) had its furniture thrown into the pool by the wind and the outdoor patio was left completely flooded
A bungalow on the waterfront in Hamilton Island (right) was decimated (left) after cyclone Debbie ripped through the resort town
The Sky View (pictured before the storm, right, and after, left) has self-contained one and two bedroom apartments with a communal roof balcony that was damaged in the cyclone
The Quarry Hill rugby pitch (right) was left completely underwater (left) after the cyclone powered through Mackay
Shute Harbour acts as one of the country’s biggest ferry terminals and is the main entry to the Whitsundays.
On Tuesday, Cyclone Debbie thrashed the exclusive Hamilton and Hayman Island for five hours.
Hayman Island’s One and Only resort assured ‘all its guests and colleagues were safe in residence’ to ride out the storm, but would not be accepting future bookings while it assesses the damage.
The resort is often a location for stunning weddings with its infinity pool and proximity to the ocean, but guests posted footage of palm trees being thrashed by wind.
In Airlie Beach, the Colonial Palms Motor Inn had its furniture thrown into the pool by the wind and the outdoor patio was left completely flooded.
Golf carts are usually used for tourists to get around the Hamilton Island resort (right), but the roads were completely covered with branches as a result of the cyclone on Wednesday (left)
The wharf at Daydream Island was completely destroyed after the cyclone blew through on Tuesday
The entrance to the beach walk in Airlie Beach managed to stay upright, but massive tree trunks had tumbled to the footpath around it
At Shute Harbour in Airlie Beach, boatmen were pictured looking on in disbelief after more than 30 expensive yachts and fishing boats were pushed up onto the banks in the cyclone (pictured)
More than 30 vessels usually moored in the ocean at Shute Harbour (pictured) were pushed up onto the banks in the storm
At Sarina beach, thick foam from the surf coated the waterfront at the beach, leaving the area unrecognisable
This picture was taken before the cyclone on a picturesque day at Sarina Beach
Popular tourist destination Hamilton Island is left in total disarray after the Cyclone – with four buildings roofs torn right off
A woman in Proserpine shared an image of her garage completely destroyed as a result of Cyclone Debbie
This picture of her home before, shows the two-car garage in tact and next to her home, which was also damaged in the storm
One man uploaded pictures to social media of tourist hub Hamilton Island before the monster storm hit (bottom) and during (top)
At Hamilton Island, buildings lay in complete ruin – with seaweed strewn across cracked concrete and shattered windows
A common sight at Airlie Beach in the aftermath of Cyclone Debbie: residents queue for food and other supplies
A man in Bowen shows how a wall was ripped out from a building when Cyclone Debbie tore through the area
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said wild weather from cyclone Debbie will continue to affect Queensland until well into Friday.
More than 63,000 people remain without power, and isolated communities in the north are still out of contact and unable to call for help after the category four storm.
‘For many people this morning, they are waking up and they are seeing the devastation that has happened in their communities. Our hearts go out to them. There would be nothing more tragic than waking up and seeing walls that have come in from your houses, roofs that have gone off, and debris that is lying across your roads,’ she told reporters on Wednesday.
The premier said the priority was clearing roads into hard hit communities in the Whitsunday region, getting emergency supplies in, and restoring power and communication lines.
‘We’ve already seen some significant structural damage … a lot of structural damage across that Whitsunday region,’ she said.
That includes damage on Whitsunday Islands, including Daydream Island where 200 guests and about 100 staff are safe but running low on water.
The premier repeated her appeal for people to stay off roads, as emergency response teams try to get in, and ahead of more heavy rain and bad weather caused by the former cyclone.
At Shute Harbour, the ferocity of Cyclone Debbie forced large boats from the water and onto the mainland
In Hamilton Island, boats were pushed onto the rocks during the massive winds and tidal surges
The Hamilton Island Marina is located in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef and holds 300 boats
Many of the Shute Harbour boats smashed against the bank and sat adjacent to the road in the mud
This is a picture taken before the massive cyclone of the pier at Shute Harbour, which has since been pushed up onto the bank
Local Dave Mcinnerney inspected the extensive damage to the Shute Harbour ferry terminal on Wednesday
The Shute Harbour boat terminal also copped a beating with much of its structure torn away and the pier pushed up onto the carpark
Bad weather is expected to hit the southeast corner on Thursday and Friday, before the rain depression that was cyclone Debbie moves offshore.
‘If you do not have to be on the roads until Friday, please stay off the roads. It will be some dangerous conditions and I do want all Queenslanders to be safe,’ the premier said.
Queensland’s southeast corner can expect a soaking from the remnant low in the next few days, with falls of between 150 and 250mm in some areas of the Sunshine Coast and Gold Coast.
The BoM said strong wind gusts of up to 120km/h will also continue, and that large seas with abnormally high tides will cause dangerous beach conditions.
Queensland Fire and Rescue Service Commissioner Katarina Carroll begged people not to cross flooded roads.
She said emergency officers had already been forced to put themselves in danger to rescue one person from a vehicle in flood waters at Proserpine, and another similar rescue is underway in Mackay.
Ms Carroll said help was being called in from NSW, to speed up damage assessments.
‘At this stage we have got well over 800 SES requests. That will increase dramatically when power comes back and communications come back, and people start moving to their houses. Please be patient with us – we will get to you.’
A plane flipped at Bowen Airport on Wednesday and Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said wild weather from cyclone Debbie will continue to affect Queensland until well into Friday
Queensland’s southeast corner can expect a soaking from the remnant low in the next few days, with falls of between 150 and 250mm in some areas of the Sunshine Coast and Gold Coast. A boat run aground at Shute Harbour is pictured