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Cyclone Debbie downgraded to tropical low system after Collinsville hit by first-ever category two storm
The full devastation brought on by Tropical Cyclone Debbie will not be known until first light, Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has warned.
Cyclone Debbie is edging slowly inland having crossed the north Queensland coast between Airlie Beach and Bowen about midday on Tuesday as a category four system, bringing wind gusts of 260 kilometres per hour.
Some hours later it was downgraded to a category three, and on Tuesday evening became a category two system before becoming a category one around midnight.
The system was downgraded to a tropical low at 3:00am.
One man was seriously injured on Tuesday when a wall collapsed on him at Proserpine, south of Bowen…
Fears for Queensland tourism industry after battering from Cyclone Debbie
INDUSTRY operators fear for the state of an Australian icon after Cyclone Debbie lashed Far North Queensland and parts of the Great Barrier Reef.
Emergency crews and tourism operators have been unable to assess the full extent of the damage so far on tourist magnets like Hamilton Island and Airlie Beach.
However Cyclone Debbie saw the iconic areas — home to the Great Barrier Reef’s famous “heart”, which is an international drawcard for tourists — battered by winds in excess of 200km/h and huge tidal surges that have flooded resorts and ripped boats from their moorings.
On Tuesday, Daydream Island in the Whitsundays said it had “borne the brunt” of Cyclone Debbie” with extreme rainfall and strong wind gusts damaging the property and surrounding areas.
Experts fear for the already fragile Barrier Reef, which has suffered the effects of coral bleaching in recent years…