AUSSIES IG­NORE

Coastal towns in Queens­land lashed by pow­er­ful storm

New Straits Times - - World -

SYD­NEY shred­ded crops and dev­as­tated is­land re­sorts.

About 3,500 peo­ple left low-ly­ing town­ships near Townsville, while au­thor­i­ties ad­vised 2,000 more peo­ple in the town of Bowen to also leave, Palaszczuk said, adding that the “win­dow of op­por­tu­nity to leave was dras­ti­cally clos­ing” as weather wors­ened.

“This is go­ing to be a nasty cy­clone. These wind gusts are go­ing to be huge,” Palaszczuk told Nine Net­work tele­vi­sion.

A cat­e­gory five storm is the strong­est on the five-step Saf­firSimp­son scale of hur­ri­cane in­ten­sity.

The Ab­bot Point coal ter­mi­nal and ports at Mackay and Hay Point were closed un­til fur­ther no­tice, ports spokesman Fiona Cun­ning­ham said.

BHP Bil­li­ton sus­pended op­er­a­tions at its South Walker Creek coal mine, which is just to the south of the cy­clone’s ex­pected path. Glen­core said it was halt­ing op­er­a­tions at the Collinsville and

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