WHEN Rose Reni returned to her Emu Park home of 24 years after part of her roof had blown off on February 20, she was overwhelmed by memories of raising her children there.
"When I saw it, I just burst into tears," Rose said as she observed the gaping hole in the corner of her sea-view home.
"I was in shock.
"Just thinking of all of the kids growing up here, it's been our family home since they were all babies and all of the memories just came back to me."
Rose said she didn't expect the wrath of cyclone Marcia to be so strong.
"I could just hear the wind howling over the house like a helicopter or jet engine," she said.
"I've never experienced anything like this before. I thought we'd get it at a category one or two, but not a five. It was really scary."
Taking shelter in her neighbour's home during the cyclone, Rose said her son saw the roof fly off.
"He said everything inside just started to fly around the room and the rain was pouring in."
"He used our lifesize teddy bear to shield him and he got out of there."
But the mother-of-five could still make light of the situation.
"Now I can get a sun tan while sitting at my kitchen table," she laughed.
"The neighbours have been really kind and have checked to see if we're alright.
"We're going to try and get a tarp over it and see what the insurance will do."
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