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Powerful cyclone Debbie hits Australia’s north-east coast

Mar 28, 2017, 6:58 AM EDT
(Source: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center/flickr)
(Source: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center/flickr)

Tropical Cyclone Debbie ripped through the north-east Australian coast on Tuesday, leaving tens of thousands of homes cut off from power and phone reception, which prompted Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to activate a disaster response plan.

The category four storm, accompanied by howling winds of up to 260 km/h, made landfall between Bowen and Airlie Beach in Queensland, damaging homes, smashing windows, uprooting trees and plundering everything that came its way, notes Reuters.

The authorities are yet to determine the extent of full damage as they wait for the cyclone to calm down, writes the BBC. The spell of devastation may last for hours although the cyclone has been downgraded to category three as it moves inland.

Queensland’s premier, Annastacia Palazszczuk, said, “We’re going to see the impact of Cyclone Debbie for the next three to five days as it travels down the coast,” reports The Guardian.

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