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AUSTRALIA: QUEENSLAND:Killer Cyclone Yasi Roars

Fierce winds and driving rains brought by the most powerful storm ever to hit Queensland are lashing northern coastal areas of the Australian state.

With winds reaching up to 290km/h (181mph), Cyclone Yasi is ripping roofs off buildings and has cut power to at least 100,000 people.

The storm struck south of Cairns and is moving inland, with forecasters warning of severe damage and likely deaths.

Queensland's premier has warned of devastation on an unprecedented scale.
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The town of Tully, close to where the cyclone hit land, is a "scene of mass devastation", resident Ross Sorbello told the Sydney Morning Herald.

Mr Sorbello, who briefly went outside as the eye of the storm passed over, said roofs were ripped from houses, electricity poles were down and the streets were covered with debris.

Tully resident Stephanie Grimaz said that houses in her street had been torn apart, the Queensland Times reported.

"The flat from across the street is in our front yard and we can see other houses which have just been destroyed," she said.

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The nearby communities of Mission Beach and Innisfail are also believed to be badly affected.

Officials say the full extent of the damage will not be known until daybreak.

More than 10,000 people are in evacuation centres, which became so overcrowded that people were turned away.

Yasi was classed as a category five cyclone as it crossed the coast - the highest grade in the scale used to measure such storms. The Australian Bureau of Meteorology later downgraded the storm to category four and then to category three, but still classified it as dangerous.

State Premier Anna Bligh described the weather system as the "most catastrophic storm ever seen" in the state.
She warned that it could cause a tidal surge as high as 9m (nearly 30ft) in some places, overwhelming low-lying coastal areas.

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Re: AUSTRALIA: QUEENSLAND:Killer Cyclone Yasi Roars

http://www.cnn.com/2011/WORLD/asiapc...ex.html?hpt=T2

Hope our Australian friends and anyone affected by this is gonna be okay~

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Man that's bad.
Glad i aren't there.
As above i hope our Australian members are ok.

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Hope our Australian friends and anyone affected by this is gonna be okay~
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Their economy is wrecked at any rate.

I just hope they come out of it with their health....and lives.

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Jesus Christ thats all they fucking need, hope you are ok Blewy, even you Roguetrader and any other ozzies.

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Re: AUSTRALIA: QUEENSLAND:Killer Cyclone Yasi Roars

More than 170,000 homes are without power in Queensland after a massive cyclone slammed into the already flood-ravaged northern Australian state, according to the emergency services minister. Some areas could be without power for weeks.

Neil Roberts told CNN that said that no serious injuries have been reported since Tropical Cyclone Yasi roared ashore, but emergency crews are still working their way across the affected region.

So far, the worst-hit towns seem to be in an area roughly 90 miles (150 kilometers) south of Cairns, he said.

Queensland Premier Anna Bligh described conditions for local TV networks, and said that many coastal cities are enduring power outages. In Cairns, only 34% of homes had electricity. Townsville, south of Cairns, only has power in about 15% of homes. Farther down the Queensland coast, electricity is out in half of Mackay and Proserpine, and the entire town of Ingham was without power.

Bligh said the tens of thousands of power outages were caused by downed lines and a transmission break. Electrical supply lines running into coastal communities has been cut south of the town of Innisfail.

"It is not clear yet why it has been cut and we won't know until we are able to get into the air and check all along that system," Bligh said. "I should say that requires checking 400 kilometers (248 miles) of line and 500 transmission towers."

It could take weeks to repair the problems, Bligh said, an assessment confirmed by Queensland's emergency services minister.

Tropical Cyclone Yasi is now a Category 2 storm, significantly diminished but still able to bring strong winds and heavy rain into interior areas of the country, according to CNN meteorologist Jenny Harrison. Yasi is moving toward the west. Wind speeds could reach up to 77 miles per hour (125 kilometers per hour) and very heavy rains could cause localized flooding Thursday and in days to come, she said.

Joe Vella, a resident of Cairns, said that wind gusts when Yasi came ashore sounded like a sledgehammer hitting his house -- and that it went on for four hours. "Our hearts were in our throats thinking what was going to happen," he told CNN.

Tropical Cyclone Yasi made landfall late on Wednesday night, local time, as powerful Category 5 storm, the highest designation on Australia's classification system.

Thousands of people left their homes ahead of the storm, which forecasters warned was one of the worst the country has ever seen.

Earlier, Queensland's Premier, Anna Bligh, warned residents they may have to cope alone for several days.

"I can't sugarcoat this for people: It's going to be a tough 24 hours, for some it's going to be a tough couple of days," she said at a news conference. "They need to prepare for the worst-case scenario, and that might mean they have to be self-sufficient for a couple of days.

Carl Butcher, another Cairns resident, said before the storm, "I have all my rations ready to go, batteries, candles. The authorities have been very proactive in informing us about this system. We have known about it for a week. That is more than enough time to prepare for it."

CNN Meteorologist Jennifer Delgado said heavy rain in Queensland could could continue until Friday.

There are serious concerns for six adults in Port Hinchinbrook, who apparently ignored advice to evacuate the storm surge zone before calling to request help from the emergency services. Police, who are in contact with them via telephone, said the group are currently hunkered down on the second floor of an apartment block, but the tidal surge is expected to reach the top of the first floor.

The state's premier, Anna Bligh, had urged residents in the threatened areas to take sensible precautions and to stay inside once the storm hit.

"It will be a display of the awesome power of nature, but it is not something you want to go outside and watch," she said.

The cyclone threatens more devastation for Queensland, where 20 people died and thousands of homes were wrecked in severe flooding in January, which affected 3.1 million people.

Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard has announced a one-off tax aimed at helping to for pay the estimated AUS $5.6 billion (US $5.58 billion) in damage caused by that flood.

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Residents of northern Queensland, Australia, woke on Thursday morning to destruction wrought by Cyclone Yasi, the biggest storm to ever hit the region.

"It was absolutely terrifying," said Frank Russo, a journalist for the Innisfail Advocate who was in the town of Garradunga, a suburb of Innisfail, around 24 miles (40 kilometers) north of the eye of the storm.

With winds gusting up to 186 miles per hour (300 kilometers per hour), Russo was with his parents in their two-story "Queenslander"-style house when the category 5 storm hit.

"The winds here didn't really pick up until midnight; that's when they were at their worst. It was like having big jet engines outside your house," he said.

You'd have things crashing into your roof. We heard a clicking that sounded like iron flying in the air, and we thought it was our roof; we thought it had gone. To be honest, I didn't have much hope for this place.

"But we were very lucky. We woke up this morning -- I only had around half an hour's sleep -- and had a look around and our roof actually stayed on."

After driving into Innisfail on Thursday morning, Russo reported that only one roof had been torn off, and damage was surprisingly light in the town.

The area's banana and sugar cane crops however are thought to be completely destroyed.

The previous category 5 cyclone to hit the region was Cyclone Larry in 2006. Compared to that storm, Innisfail had come through the storm relatively unscathed, said Russo.

Townsville resident Caillin Peacock said that he thought around 80% of trees had gone from the streets there and that there was some superficial damage to buildings. Only 10% of the city has power, he said.

There are currently no reports of any serious injuries or deaths from the cyclone.

"Everybody is so relieved about that," said Russo, who has been able to use the internet and has been checking in with friends and family through email and social networking websites.

Mobile networks are functioning, but coverage is poor, he said.

The storm's center passed through the region of Mission Beach and the town of Tully 40 miles (65 kilometers) south of Innisfail where the damage is reported to be much greater. Residents hundreds of kilometers away from the Queensland coast had also prepared for the worst as the 250 mile-diameter (400 kilometer-diameter) cyclone swept inland.

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After all of the damage from the flooding, this is the last thing Austraila needed. Hopefully people were able to make it out alive.

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I certainly hope that nobody from DR is suffering...even the ones that have tried to cause me grief.

I know what flooding is like, even though we did not go through the long-term flooding that Queensland (or parts of Queensland) is going through.

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