Finally heard from my sister - she was admitted to hospital with a pain issue - Hospital would be a safe place in a cyclone. Toto (the Dog), however, endured the event in a house with 5 cats...
Tens of thousands without power or Internet or cell comms. Not much is known about damage due to lack of communication. Even the emergency radio and TV fell over. One known injury, no deaths reported so far.
On the plus side:
A good solid cyclone cools the Reef - preventing & repairing the current coral bleaching.
Parts of inland central Queensland that have been in drought for years will get a good soaking, as this is a large, slow-moving weather event.
Verum audaces non gerunt indusia alba. - Ipsi dixit MCMLXXII