TALES FROM THE SURVIVORS
From The Australian newspaper :
"We didn't even know the front of the house was gone...We just heard all this glass and then the eye (of the cyclone) came over and the neighbours told us the front was gone. I've never seen anything like this. We have lost everything. It was terrifying. You think you're going to die - you think your whole house is going to go and you will be clinging to nothing and you will fly up into the air....You hope the rest of the house stays there, so you have something to hide in. The wind sucked stuff out of the bedroom and even our cupboards. It was just amazing."
"We were huddled inside a shed with a four-wheel-drive and tractor and it literally blew apart the shed. We spent two-and-a-half hours underneath a Land Rover and then the last wall came down on top of the Land Rover and pinned us beneath the bloody thing. Our biggest worry was hypothermia for the kids because they were lying on wet concrete."From The Age :
"It was howling, just howling.It would howl and then it would slow down and you would hear all this banging because there were trees hitting the roof and the garage roller door was flapping and bowing out. Next we heard a big crash and there was a huge tree out the front of our yard and all the big branches have fallen off the top and lying in the road."