Up to 45 children who live on a North Queensland mountain range face uncertainty over where they will attend school for the next 6-12 months, after their regular 10-minute route was washed out in a landslide during Tropical Cyclone Debbie. A bus normally transports about 30 primary and 15 high school students down and up the Sarina Range, south of Mackay, to and from Swayneville State School, Saint Anne Primary School, and Sarina State High School.
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Strong wind and rain from Cyclone Debbie is seen effecting trees at Airlie Beach located south of the northern Australian city of Townsville More than 63,000 homes have lost power in the state of Queensland in the towns of Mackay, Sarina, Airlie Beach and Proserpine. Trevino said: "The heavy rain, which could result in flash flooding, is predicted to continue this week, with 24-hour rainfall totals of 150-200 mm expected and up to 500 mm possible, which could result in major river flooding".
Distressing images from Queensland's Sarina show a road cracked in two after heavy downpour triggered flash floods. Photo/Rebecca Takken supplied via Facebook Images from Sarina, in Queensland's Mackay Region, show a road cracked into ruin after torrential downpour triggered flash floods, according to Daily Mail .
Wet weather has continued to plague parts of cyclone-affected north Queensland overnight, hampering farmers' efforts to survey damage to their properties. Queensland Agriculture Minister and Minister for Rural Economic Development Bill Byrne said the most significant agricultural impacts were damage to horticulture crops, sugar cane fields, irrigation equipment, and cane train infrastructure.
Flooding is stranding residents of north Queensland communities already battered by Cyclone Debbie, as forecasters warn the state's southeast to also brace for a drenching. Floodwaters have cut off the main roads in and out of the cyclone-ravaged towns of Airlie Beach, Bowen and Proserpine.
Tropical Cyclone Debbie pounded far north Queensland on Tuesday, bringing powerful winds and driving rain which snapped large trees, shook homes, destroyed roofs and led to tens of thousands of residents losing power.Though the storm was downgraded to a tropical low overnight, residents were warned of continuing treacherous conditions on Wednesday, and for the full extent of the damage to be revealed with the new day. Cyclone Debbie v Instagram Social media vision shows the wild conditions Cyclone Debbie is currently inflicting on the Queensland coast.
Waves crashed against the shoreline south of Mackay as category four Cyclone Debbie travelled west towards the north Queensland coastline, creating havoc on Tuesday, March 28. Sarina Beach appeared less than inviting as waves churned and frothed close to the clubhouse amid severe weather lashing major cities that included Townsville, Mackay and the Whitsunday Islands. A Bureau of Meteorology report showed the outer edge of the cyclone was starting to strike Sarina at about midday on Tuesday, while the eye was tracking over Airlie Beach and Hamilton Island to the north.
Terrifying footage taken from the International Space Station shows Cyclone Debbie forming just off the far north coast of Queensland. The category four cyclone is the worst to hit Queensland since Yasi six years ago, and is expected to make landfall south of Bowen at midday on Tuesday.