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Cyclone to hit Queensland Australia


AUSTRALIA (WKOW) -- More trouble for Queensland, Australia. The area already ravaged by flooding is about to get hit again. This time, it's a "life-threatening" cyclone roaring toward the northeast part of Queensland state. 

Once again, residents are fleeing their homes and leaving the area. The city of Cairns is expected to take a direct hit late Wednesday. The sea could surge at least 6.5 feet and flood significant parts of the city.

Military helicopters are taking hospital and nursing home patients to safety and more than 9,000 people in low-lying and coastal parts of Cairns have been ordered out.

The Bureau of Meteorology says Cyclone Yasi could have wind gusts up to 155 mph. And up to three feet of rain could fall in an already-saturated Queensland state.

Another cyclone hit Queensland early Monday, but quickly weakened and did little damage.

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