zondag 21 maart 2010

Cyclone Ului hits north Queensland

A MAJOR cleanup of parts of Central Queensland will take days as dozens of communities work around the clock to recover from the devastating affects of Cyclone Ului.

Many homes, businesses and farms had trees, powerlines, parts of buildings and signs that came crashing down in the winds that reached more than 200km/h.

But less than 24 hours on, conditions in Mackay - one of the worst-hit communities - remain calm with minimal wind conditions and clear skies.

SES workers and emergency services have worked around the clock to clean up the mess after ripping winds and heavy rainfall hit the region.

More than 50,000 homes in Mackay remain without power.

North Queensland residents cleaning up damage from Cyclone Ului now face the prospect of flooding with up to 450mm of rain reported in the area.

My cousing Sue was up there a week ago, she was really lucky going when she did...

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