A tropical cyclone that crossed the East coast of North Queensland in the early hours of the morning on the 3rd of February 2011 (just over a week ago).
It was a category 5 cyclone with wind speeds of 295 kilometres an hour.
It was the first cyclone in Australian history to not lose any of its ferocity upon crossing the coast.
It had a 500km wide storm front.
I live just over 100km away from where the centre of the storm past.
I live in the district that was hit, the region that was the most devastated by the disaster.
The deadly cyclone only proved deadly to a number of people which you can count on one hand. Despite the low death toll the fierce tropical storm has still caused severe damage to property that has sabotaged lives and turned everything into pandemonium.
I have been without electricity for a week now and it is expected that the power lines will not be prepared for at least one month, I've heard that power won't be restored for nine weeks but I am dearly hoping that this is just a miscalculation.
We were without a phone for five days, we live out of mobile range so using our mobiles was not an option.
"I went and saw the Smith's this morning. They've lost the roof off their house, everything is gone"
"Oh my, I'd heard about the Harpers and the Forgans but not them. Where are they staying"?
"They're at the neighbours house. The place is bloody packed and they've run out of bread and milk".
"Ooh, I've got a few litres of Long Life milk. I'll take it over to them soon".
Without the phones it was conversations like these that kept us informed of what was going on and how other people were coping.
But after a week...
Your optimistic "If-other-people-live-like-this-then-I-can-too" attitude wears thin.
However even without electricity I certainly haven't been lacking things to do. Half the roof was torn off my Dad's shed. As owner of his own windscreen and panel beating business, Dad had some important things in that shed. He had a filing cabinet of important paper work, windscreens and a shelf full of hundreds of dollars worth of paint and car parts as well as other vital business equipment.
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