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Giant cyclone delivers destruction to Australian coast

A Katrina-ferocity storm hit the northeast coast of Australia, the same area recently inundated by record floods.  Like Katrina, Cyclone Yasi came ashore as a category 5 storm, with winds of 186mph.  It is expected to head inland several hundred miles while slowly losing force over the the next 3 days.  Much of Cairns, Queensland’s largest city, and Townsville, its capital, have been evacuated.  Damage is extensive, but no deaths have been reported. GR

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  1. Dear ClimateYou, Thank You very much for including coverage
    and acknowledgement of Australia’s extreme weather events.
    After more than a decade of drought in Victoria, it certainly
    felt strange to hear rain again, experience heavy showers,
    a wet week and a very cool summer. Two years ago bush-fires
    devastated Melbourne outskirts, now hillside suburbs of Perth
    have gone up like ‘tinderboxes’. Australian diasters are a good
    example of how serious and various climate change effects can be. AT

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