On 28 March, 2017, a severe tropical cyclone crossed the coast in the Whitsunday area, northeast Queensland.
Dubbed Cyclone Debbie, the slow-moving weather struck the region of Mackay, with strong winds and torrential rain causing significant damage to homes, infrastructure and agriculture. As Debbie tore through northern Queensland, councils began to alert their communities of the impending danger through radio, websites and social media.
Cyclone Debbie crossed the coast as a Category 4 cyclone, considered the second most severe tropical storm, according to the Bureau of Meteorology. As a result of the devastating incident, more than 30 local government authorities were provided natural disaster relief and recovery arrangements. The events which unfolded were documented in the report The Cyclone Debbie Review: Lessons for delivering value and confidence through trust and empowerment.
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