03 Feb '11, 11am

See these photos: Relief as #Australia mops up from giant cyclone

Relief as Australia mops up from giant cyclone INNISFAIL, AUSTRALIA - Australians voiced relief and surprise after one of the world's most powerful cyclones spared the nation's northeast coast from expected devastation on Thursday, with no reported deaths despite winds tearing off roofs and toppling trees. Cyclone Yasi, roughly the size of Italy and packing winds of up to around 300 km per hour (186 miles per hour), threatened Australia with its second major natural disaster in as many months this week but ended up missing heavily populated areas. "It's amazing no-one was killed. The wind was howling like a banshee," said farmer Nathan Fisher, speaking out the window of his four-wheel-drive vehicle as he returned to his property from a shelter in the small town of Innisfail...more. Read also: » Baby born amid Australia wreckage » Australia braces for 'worst ever storm'

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