Australia watched awe-struck as Cyclone Marcia's ferocity increased to a Category Five as she marched towards the Queensland coastline.
Cyclone Marcia has come and gone, but it left four residents on Middle Percy Island with a massive clean-up job.
Weather UPDATE: The Mary River has peaked at 4.3m on Tuesday morning, lower than the expected 5m flood height.
ROADS were gouged out and giant trees wedged into bridges, but the Gympie region took Tropical Cyclone Marcia in its stride.
THE Bureau of Meteorology has confirmed the unique acceleration of Tropical Cyclone Marcia from Category 1 to 5 in record time.
OPPORTUNISTIC thieves have hit a new low in the wake of Cyclone Marcia, with six generators that were installed to keep traffic lights operating disappearing.