03 Feb '11, 1am

Once-in-a-century cyclone devastates Aussie towns - Channel News Asia [email protected]_NEWS

Once-in-a-century cyclone devastates Aussie towns - Channel News Asia /@FLASH_NEWS

INNISFAIL, Australia: Australia's biggest cyclone in a century devastated several towns and cut power to 175,000 people Thursday, terrifying Queenslanders already reeling from months of catastrophic flooding. There were no reports of fatalities as police scoured the worst-hit areas on northeast Australia's coast, but Queensland premier Anna Bligh warned of a sense of "despair" with some residents losing everything to the storm. Harried Queenslanders emerged to survey the damage after Severe Tropical Cyclone Yasi ploughed into the coast at around midnight, packing winds of up to 290 kilometres (180 miles) per hour, before churning its way far inland. Bligh warned that 90 per cent of the main street in the small town of Tully, south of Cairns, had "extensive damage", while the coastal community of Cardwell suffered "significant devastation". "Some people will be going back i...

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