Doctors work through storm despite personal loss
North Queensland doctors are responding with good humour to the monster storm that tore through the region on Tuesday.
Cyclone Debbie has been downgraded to a “tropical low”, but the enormous cell continues to wreak havoc as it moves inland, with winds gusting up to 120km/h.
Non-urgent medical procedures will remain on hold between Mackay, Proserpine and Bowen, while some hospitals are relying on emergency back-up power.
Incredibly, there have been no reports of deaths in the storm’s wake, and medical crew even managed to deliver a baby at a small town ambulance station at 4.20am on Wednesday.
About 641mm of rain fell on the Clarke Range, north-west of Mackay, on Tuesday, where Dr Margaret Swenson (pictured) continued to see patients