And as Cyclone Debbie moved south towards New South Wales, it continued to wreak havoc. In total, at least 12 people lost their lives during the storm, mostly through drowning in the extreme floods. Tragically, even more are missing and presumed dead.
In Ayr, a town in North Queensland, residents were lucky enough to escape the worst of Cyclone Debbie. But when a local journalist arrived in the area to cover the damage caused by the storm, he was in for a shock. Indeed, after severe flooding had hit the area, one unfortunate soul had been left high and dry.