I WOKE up to hear from family who are experiencing wild weather as the painful wait for Cyclone Debbie to cross the coast continues.
It's a nervous wait for everyone.
I had a text message from my older brother at about 3am saying 'wind and rain horizontal, it's starting to get real' as they experience her fury.
When you live in North Queensland you seem to become immune to cyclones but nothing can prepare you enough to cope with the fear of the unknown.
My brother lives in a low-lying area so he's been evacuated and mum and dad ventured from their farm to stay with family where conditions are a little less open to the elements.
Who knows what they'll go back to when it's safe to go home.
But at the end of the day it's only stuff and can be rebuilt or fixed - it's lives we need to keep safe.
There is nothing they can do but live through the rough ride as the cyclone slows down - making the wait for her to cross even longer.
It's insane to think we're having bright blue skies and stillness in Hervey Bay and eight hours up the road in Mackay - they're copping it.
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