Yesterday, we had the distinct pleasure of collecting some of Queensland’s best responses to the impending terror of Tropical Cyclone Debbie. Most residents within the Category 4 storm’s path chose to get the hell out of town, but not before taking the mick out of the otherwise terrifying situation.

A day later, Debbie’s arrival on the mainland is imminent. The storm is just making landfall in north Queensland, and the Bureau of Meteorology has predicted that gusts possibly reaching a harrowing 270km/h could batter anything in their path – including the town of Bowen.

And yet, Bowen’s remaining residents are still – still – poking what fun they can at Debbie’s expense, even on live news broadcasts.

In a most perfect slice of television magic, a pretty calm and collected fella saw it fit to describe Debbie’s impact on his beloved home in the cheekily referential language of the people:

Go on, watch it again. Savour the details. The way his voice continues unabated. The card-holding woman giving him an embarrassed (or proud?) slap. The method in which our trusty reporter segued right into what’s “written on the fenceline.” 

#cyclonedebbie #bringiton #bowen #2017 ????

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#notapussytown #doyourbest #cyclonedebbie #bowen #2017 ??

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We can’t condone the exact same wording as our Queenslander pal, but let us say this: the storm definitely could continue make a mess of things. Stay safe, pals.

Source and photo: Robert Ovadia / Twitter.