Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

NQ Folk See the Lighter Side

Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

NQ Folk See the Lighter Side

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AS Cyclone Debbie bore down on North Queensland, many residents saw the lighter side of the impending disaster.

"We've been doing a roaring trade," one Cannonvale bottle shop worker told News Corp.

"It's bigger than New Year's Eve. Everyone is stocking up like it's the end of the world. This is going to be one wild cyclone party."

Honeymooners Christian and Renee Zelvis, of Sydney, celebrated in an infinity pool at Pinnacles Resort resort on Airlie Beach.

"We're watching you Debbie," Mr Zelvis laughed.

"We might even call our first child Debbie. To my little baby Debbie.

"It was a disaster for our wedding guests who had to get back home. But we're going to have a howler of a good time."

Meanwhile Bowen man Graham Wilson spray-painted his face with a message to make people smile.

"Cyclone Debbie bring it on Bowen is not a pussy town do your best you got," he wrote in giant letters.

"Everybody's on edge," he told The Brisbane Times.

"It's basically to put a smile on people's faces. Bowen's a lot bigger than Cyclone Debbie so give us what you've got."

Others took to social media to get some lighthearted relief from the storm saying it was not yet bad enough to "risk gluten free bread".

Cab drivers in Townsville, Mackay, the Whitsundays and Ayr have offered to evacuate locals for free in conjunction with the SES.

And who can forget when a Bowen man left a Channel 7 news reporter red faced during a live cross as locals braced for Cyclone Debbie.

It only took a split second for the man's story of his first encounter with Debbie to turn dirty.

While he didn't skip a beat telling the reporter he had "heard of Debbie doing other things", it appears no one saw what was coming next.

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