Debbie devastates North East coast of Australia
Mar 28, Canberra: A powerful cyclone has hit the north-east Australian coast, causing torrential rain and power cuts to tens of thousands of homes.
According to reports, the Cyclone Debbie made landfall between Bowen and Airlie Beach in Queensland as a category four storm, whipping gusts of up to 163 mph.
The extent of Cyclone Debbie's devastation, which has a 50km-diameter eye wall, may not be known for some time, authorities said.
Queensland Police Commissioner Ian Stewart said the storm's slow speed had created a "battering ram effect", adding: "We are going to get lots of reports of damage, and sadly I think we will also receive reports of injuries, if not death."
She said: "Everyone is going to be in shock tomorrow, just to see the full impact of this cyclone. I'm bracing myself for it."
Strong winds and rain lash Airlie Beach, Australia, 28 March 2017.
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