DIANNE O'Hagan's cyclone preparations included spending all Thursday night baking.

She and her husband Brian have been living in Gladstone for more than 30 years and had never experienced anything like Cyclone Marcia.

The pair left their Barney Point home mid-Friday morning and headed to the evacuation centre, much to Mrs O'Hagan's dismay.

"Dianne actually wanted to come up here last night but I thought no we'll just wait til the morning when the cyclone was expected," Mr O'Hagan said.

"I've been up all night baking bread and scones and biscuits because I couldn't sleep," Mrs O'Hagan said.

This cyclone, according to the couple, was a different kettle of fish when compared to the last.

"We were lucky last time, we never got anything, just a bit of wind," Mrs O'Hagan said.

"This time it was really scary, I don't like storms and I don't like cyclones.

"It's 10 times worse by far."

But the O'Hagans were prepared.

"We heard about it over the last few days and started packing everything up and organising," Mr O'Hagan said.

"I feel safe here though but we have four dogs and a cat still inside our home, luckily they all get along well so that's good.

"We'll stay until it's all over."



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