Thousands of people have been evacuated as a monster category four cyclone Debbie smashed into the coast of Australia on March 28, 2017.
Winds over 260 kilometers per hour (160 mph) ripped off roofs and uprooted trees leaving more than 30,000 people without power in Queensland.
Now, listen to the “incredible noise” of Cyclone Debbie as it smashes into Hamilton Island, Airlie Beach and Bowen at lunch time on Tuesday:
A giant foam party at Sarina Beach:
The 50-kilometer-wide eye of Cyclone Debbie struck along the north Queensland coastline; starting with Whitsunday Islands and the nearby mainland. The hurricane strong winds are currently packing a force of roughly 185 kilometers per hour. Gusts reached 270kph near the center.
The category four storm has already left more than 30,000 people without power in Airlie Beach, Proserpine, Bowen, Mackay and Cannonvale, Ergon Energy reports.
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Roofs are lifting and some 25,000 people have already evacuated from Queensland due to the severe weather conditions, where a tidal surge of up to 2 meters is expected.
To keep the Queensland residents safe, a flood warning for the Proserpine River Bowen’s Don River and a Pioneer River in Mackay has been issued.
Up to 500 millimeters of rain could fall before the cyclone passes Queensland. The skies are expected to clear by Wednesday.