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Watching in fear as Cyclone Marcia wreaks havoc

GONE WITH THE WIND: Anthony White lost one of the Three Churches outside of Emu Park after Cyclone Marcia reduced it to a pile of twisted metal and shattered timber. Chris Ison
GONE WITH THE WIND: Anthony White lost one of the Three Churches outside of Emu Park after Cyclone Marcia reduced it to a pile of twisted metal and shattered timber. Chris Ison Chris Ison Rokcmarcia

AS HE watched the 140-year-old church fall to the ground as Cyclone Marcia swept through the Capricorn Coast, all Anthony White could think was, "We're next".

Slightly shielded from the destructive winds in the church beside the now-destroyed historic building, Anthony, owner of Three Churches outside of Emu Park, wondered how bad things could get.

"Suddenly I got scared and thought, 'This church I'm in could be next'," he said.

Now in recovery mode, he said he felt sorry for what the Coast community had lost.

"This place has a lot of music events, yoga, permaculture, so I feel like I'm letting down the community," he said.

Apart from losing one of the churches, Anthony, a miner, said there were a lot of fallen trees, and he also lost a pergola.

"The house was insured. The church wasn't, but my car was under the church and it got squashed as well, but it was insured. So it was a bit of yin and yang."

With hopes of partly rebuilding the historic structure, he said time would tell as to what became of it.

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