Flood-devastated Queensland braces for cyclone

The Australian state of Queensland, already hit by deadly flooding in re­cent weeks, is bracing for more devastation as a huge tropical cyclone rages towards its coast, CNN reports. Hun­dreds of patients have been evacuated from hospitals in the far north Queen­sland town of Cairns, and residents are being told to leave their homes as category four Cyclone Yasi closes in. The storm – expected to pack winds of more than 200 km/h (125mph) – is forecast to make landfall between Cairns and Innisfail after 7pm local time on Wednesday. Experts say it will bring torrential rain and cause a storm surge of up to two me­ters above the usual high tide line, flooding low-lying areas along the coast.

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