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Australia avoids worst of Cyclone Ita but more wind, rain due

Saturday, April 12, 2014 - 01:17

Apr.12 - Tropical Cyclone Ita hits north Queensland coast overnight on Friday with less force than expected, downgraded to a category one cyclone. Sarah Toms reports.

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Residents in northern Queensland survey the damage after Cyclone Ita swept across north eastern Australia. With winds of up to 230 km per hour, Ita packed a punch. But Australians here escaped the worst after the category five storm weakened and was later downgraded to category one. (SOUNDBITE) (English) QUEENSLAND STATE PREMIER CAMPBELL NEWMAN SAYING: "Thankfully reports at this stage, no deaths, no injuries. Let's just keep our fingers crossed though." Here in Cooktown, which carried the brunt of the storm, around 300 residents spent the night in an evacuation centre. (SOUNDBITE) (English) COOKTOWN RESIDENT, RICHARD ANDERSON, SAYING: "It wasn't as bad as I expected, as I thought it could have been. It could have been really horrific. A lot more places might have been totally destroyed." (SOUNDBITE) (English) COOKTOWN RESIDENT, PAT GIBBONS, SAYING: "I was terrified. Two days beforehand I was sick to my stomach with worry." Roofs were ripped off, trees uprooted and power cut off in some areas and a pub was destroyed in the strong winds. (SOUNDBITE) (English) MANAGER OF WEST COAST HOTEL IN COOKTOWN, DAVE GAY, SAYING: "Yeah, she (the roof) went off pretty heavy and I thought, 'oh well'. We could hear the glass going one by one so I just opened another stubby (bottle of beer)." Despite the damage, as that resident said it was nothing a beer couldn't help.

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Australia avoids worst of Cyclone Ita but more wind, rain due

Saturday, April 12, 2014 - 01:17