01 Feb '11, 1am

Australia: residents flee as cyclone #Yasi bears down on north coast

Australia: residents flee as cyclone #Yasi bears down on north coast

SYDNEY: Residents and tourists evacuated coastal areas of Australia's Queensland state on Tuesday as officials warned a looming monster cyclone could be "deadly" in a region already ravaged by flooding. Severe Tropical Cyclone Yasi, packing winds of more than 250 kilometres (160 miles) per hour, was due to collide with the populous and resort-strewn coast late Wednesday or early Thursday, bringing with it a treacherous storm surge and heavy rains. Patients in a waterfront hospital in the tourist hub of Cairns faced evacuation to other cities, while officials urged residents in coastal areas to leave home immediately as the storm gathers strength over the Coral Sea. "This is a dangerous, serious threat," warned Queensland Premier Anna Bligh. "This is potentially a deadly storm and we need to take it absolutely seriously. "If you are in a low-lying or waterfront area in the ...

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