Here is a photo which demonstrates the magnitude of the cyclone which recently brought so much rain and devastation to the northern parts of Queensland.
Reports of damage from the winds of up to 220 + km per hour are just beginning to filter through as communications have been difficult with electricity out and telephone towers down.
The lovely resorts of the Whitsunday Islands copped a lot of the storm as it hovered above them for several hours before crossing the coast near Bowen.
Here are some photos that are coming through ( courtesy Courier Mail )
These solar panels not doing much good now !
Our Premier, Annastacia Palaszczuk and the man in charge of the cleanup, Christopher Field flew up to inspect the damage together.
The Army mobilised as soon as it was safe driving down from Townsville .....
The cyclone turned into a very slow moving Low which then made its way down the coast and yesterday parts of Brisbane and the nearby holiday mecca of the Gold Coast and Northern NSW received over 400 mm of rain.
That's 16 inches in 24 hours people !!
Supplies were packed and despatched to the North from Brisbane today as the onslaught was finally over here too.
So today dawned sunny and thankfully cooler and the recovery begins.
With Easter close and school holidays starting a day early as all the schools are still closed, resorts are looking at huge losses as most will not be ready for this prime holiday time.
That's Australia for you - drought or flood. We don't seem to do moderation !