Trees have fallen on buildings on Hamilton Island. Picture: Jacqui McCullough.
Trees have fallen on buildings on Hamilton Island. Picture: Jacqui McCullough.

'Lost my home, job and lots of my possessions'

A WOMAN has shared shocking video of the damage to her Daydream Island room caused by Cyclone Debbie. 

The 36-second video shows her room was blown apart in Cyclone Debbie. The ceiling has caved in, doors have been blown off and the floor is strewn with debris.

"Lost my home, job and lots of my possessions. What a horrific 48 hours," she wrote.

Traumatised guests and residents on Daydream and Hamilton islands will be flown out of the region, which is running low on drinking water.

It was earlier thought military and private helicopters would be used for the evacuation but it is now believed a charter plane may be used.

Where they will be taken to is still being finalised.

"Daydream Island has requested the military," Whitsunday Mayor Andrew Wilcox said earlier today.

"They are running out of drinking water.

"They will be transferred by air."Cr Wilcox said 58,000 homes in the region were still without power.

Internet and mobile services on both islands have been impacted.

"It's still bloody windy and rainy. The sun has started to come out yet," he said.

Guests travelling to Hamilton Island have been told the clean-up could take up to two months and should re-book from June, a social media post from the Hamilton Island account said.

(L) Rejuvenation Spa in the Daydream Island resort. (R) Pictures: Bree Bryde.
(L) Rejuvenation Spa in the Daydream Island resort. (R) Pictures: Bree Bryde.

"Hi, we are advising guest travelling before the 2nd of April to rebook after the 1st June to 100% guarantee the full Hamilton Island experience," the post said.

"We would not want to re-book you and then have to re-book you again if the assessment tells us this.

"The on island team are currently calculating the damage so we will know more in the next 48 hours.

"At this time the safety of guests currently on the island and their return home is our priority. We thank you for your patience for your future bookings and if you would like to speak to our call centre about your booking the number is 137 333."

Virgin Australia will not fly to Hamilton Island for at least the next three days, as the region deals with the aftermath of ex-Tropical Cyclone Debbie.

The airline issued a travel alert at 5pm that said it would provide an update about its services from Hamilton Island to the mainland at 8am tomorrow.

News Corp Australia


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