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Tropical Cyclone Debbie Slams Into Australia's Northeastern Coast

Cyclone Debbie pummeled the northeastern coast of Australia on Tuesday, packing winds of more than 160 miles per hour.

Tropical Cyclone Debbie Slams Into Australia's Northeastern Coast
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Tropical Cyclone Debbie made landfall in Australia. And the violent storm is packing quite a punch.

"This is a dangerous cyclone. People must stay indoors. Please do not go outside," Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk told reporters.

Debbie slammed into the northeastern coast of Australia Tuesday as a Category 4 cyclone.

And with it came destructive wind gusts more than 160 miles per hour and torrential rainfall, leaving nearly 50,000 homes without power.

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Experts say Debbie is a slow-moving storm, and officials are preparing for the worst when it comes to damage.

Queensland's police commissioner told reporters the storm was expected to stick around for up to 24 hours, and about 200 miles of coastline could be affected.

The last time Australia saw a storm of this magnitude was back in 2011. Cyclone Yasi wreaked havoc on the northern coast and caused billions of dollars in damage.