Fortunately for James and his family, their house and their possessions escaped major damage, although they (like most of the Whitsundays region) were without power for some days following the storm's arrival.
With power restored thanks to the wonderful work of local Ergon crews, James has sent through some photos he captured at and around Bowen Airport in the days following Debbie's assault on the city.
Most notable was the damage to a locally-based Cessna 172L VH-RIS. The Skyhawk was built in 1970 and has been on the Australian register since 1972. VH-RIS has reportedly been abandoned at Bowen Airport for some time - and this certainly seems to be the case given that it was left to face the full force of Cyclone Debbie without being tied down or stored.
The other locally-based light aircraft - 1960-built Cessna 172B VH-BNC - was well looked after, chained down complete with concrete weights!
Meanwhile, James also captured several images of the various military and civilian helicopters and fixed wing aircraft that called in to Bowen Airport to provide assistance in the aftermath of the storm.
All photos taken by James Kirk ©