Wednesday, North Queensland, Australia was hit with a category five cyclone, Yasi, that damaged much of the coast.
"Yasi is one of the most powerful storms ever recorded in Australia pulled houses apart and snapped power poles as it ripped across flood-sodden Queensland state Thursday but didn't kill anyone. [...]
Hundreds of houses were destroyed or seriously damaged, and homes of thousands more people would be barely livable until the wreckage was cleared, officials said.
The storm was [...] carrying ferocious winds up to 170 mph (280 kph), flood-inducing rain and tidal surges that sent waves crashing ashore two blocks into seaside towns along a coast known as the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef."
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