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25,000+ evacuated as Cyclone Debbie reaches Australian shoreline

A tropical cyclone carrying winds of up to 263km/h (163 mph) approached the northeast coast of Australia on Tuesday. Footage shows the category four storm battering the shoreline of Mackay. More than 25,000 residents have been evacuated, meanwhile, mining operations in the area have been suspended and ports closed. The Bureau of Meteorology has warned that Cyclone Debbie may gain intensity and cause widespread destruction and flash floods over the coming days.

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