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Wednesday, 2 February 2011

Cyclone Yasi hits Queensland coast in Australia

Fierce winds and driving rains brought by the most powerful storm ever to hit Queensland are lashing northern coastal areas of the Australian state.

With winds reaching up to 290km/h (181mph), Cyclone Yasi is ripping roofs off buildings and has cut power to at least 100,000 people.

The storm struck south of Cairns and is moving inland, with forecasters warning of severe damage and likely deaths.

Queensland's premier has warned of devastation on an unprecedented scale. For more from BBC News click here

Sky News Australia has up-to the minute reports and video about this extreme weather event, along with details reports on their website. See the latest reports here

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