Cyclone Debbie: 'all hands on deck' to assess damage
With the tropical cyclone now downgraded to a rain system as it moves inland, authorities are planning for floods while assessing the damage wrought by Tuesday's storms. Courtesy ABC News 24.
In the midst of Cyclone Debbie's path of destruction, a piece of good news has emerged: a baby girl has been born at a Whitsundays ambulance station.
The girl was delivered at the Whitsunday Ambulance Station at Cannonvale, near Airlie Beach, at 4.20am on Wednesday after flooded roads prevented her parents from reaching a hospital.
Queensland Ambulance said on Twitter the baby girl was delivered by graduate paramedic Pam.
Queensland Ambulance Service says both mum and baby, named Billiana, are doing well.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the birth was a piece of good news in what has otherwise been a devastating situation.
She would not be drawn on whether the parents should have considered calling the girl Debbie.
"Oh, that's up to them, but out of all of this adversity, to see some good news brings a smile to everyone's faces."
Cyclone Debbie was downgraded to a tropical low early on Wednesday morning, with sustained winds near the centre of 55km/h.
At 5am AEST on Wednesday, the Bureau of Meteorology indicated the system was 100km southwest of Collinsville, and 125km northwest of Moranbah
The system is expected to continue moving in a southerly direction over the central interior of the state on Wednesday before tracking south-east during Thursday.