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Scenes from Australia Cyclone

Clouds form over the central business district on Cairms waterfront as Queenslanders brace themsleves for Cyclone Yasi on February 1, 2011 in Cairns, Australia.

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Scenes from Australia Cyclone

Thousands of residents in Australia's northeast are bracing for Cyclone Yasi — expected to be the worst cyclone in the country's history.

It comes as Queenslanders are still recovering from the recent devastating floods which killed 25 people and cost an estimated $20 billion in damage.

The category five storm — which is seen on par with Hurricane Katrina — is expected to make landfall at 10 pm local time on the Queensland coast between Innisfail and Cardwell, dumping 700 millimeters of rain. Winds are expected to top 300 kilometers an hour.

Thousands have fled their homes and crammed into shelters. Engineers have warned even "cyclone proof" homes could be shattered by the powerful winds.

Here are some images.

Posted: 2 February 2011

Photo by: Getty Images