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Category 4 cyclone to hit Australia, thousands evacuatedCyclone Debbie, a category 4 storm, is approaching the Northeastern shores of Australia in the region of Queensland. Residents were ordered to evacuate due to fear of rising water levels accompanied by winds at a speed of 300 kilometers per hour (186 miles per hour).
Thousands of Australians have evacuated their homes over the past 24 hours while Cyclone Debbie is making its way to Queensland. Local authorities released an evacuation order for 30,000 residents living near the coastline, also expected to get hit by winds at a speed of 300 kilometers per hours (186 miles per hour).
Citizens of Mackay have received instructions to go to areas of higher altitude. The cyclone is expected to hit the Northeastern shores of Australia and is categorized as a level 4 storm- only 1 below the highest level.
A storm of this level has not hit Australia since 2011. Evacuation of such magnitude has not occurred on the continent since the cyclone Tracy struck the city of Darwin in 1974.
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