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Massive cyclone strikes Oz coast

world Updated: Feb 03, 2011 00:41 IST

Police barked at stragglers to get off streets as one of Australia's biggest-ever storms bore down on the northeast Wednesday while residents huddled in evacuation centers or hid at home in bathrooms behind piles of blankets and mattresses. Australian leaders issued dire warnings of potential devastation for cities and towns dotted along a stretch of coast more than 190 miles long in north Queensland, in an area considered the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef. The storm will compound misery in Queensland, which has already been hit by months of flooding that killed 35 and inundated hundreds of communities.