Cyclone Debbie has struck the north-eastern part of the country and caused heavy damage. Houses collapsed, boats were destroyed and tens of thousands were left without electricity. 30,000 people received instructions to evacuate.

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Strong winds, powerful rains and huge waves characterize Cyclone Debbie that struck Queensland in north-eastern Australia last night, where it continues to cause damage. The storm destroyed homes and boats. Tens of thousands of people were left without electricity.

According to the reports, 1 person was injured when a wall collapsed due to the winds but it is still too early to assess the damage. Australia hopes that the early announcement last night for 30,000 people to evacuate their homes will save lives. “We are going to get lots of reports of damage and sadly, I think we will also receive reports of injuries if not death,” Brisbane Police Commissioner Ian Stewart stated.

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Airlie Beach received the biggest blow shortly after midnight when the telephone lines fell.  Jan Clifford, who lives on the beach, told Reuters: “It’s very noisy. Screaming, howling wind. Sounds like a freight train.”