AIRLIE BEACH, Australia – As tropical cyclone Ului smashed into the coast of Airlie Beach today, Sunday, March 21, about 60,000 homes are without power.
The Associated Press reported that trees and signs have blown over and boats have been smashed on the rocks after the massive storm with winds up to 124 miles (200 kilometers) per hour blew across the coast of northeastern Australia.
One resident of the inland town of Proserpine described the storm, which had been building off the coast for days, forcing the evacuation of residents and tourists from some low-lying islands, as “pretty wild.”
“I live in a pretty rickety old house and she was jumping up and down on the stumps a bit — I’ve got an avocado tree through my dog kennel,” the caller told ABC radio.
The Bureau of Meteorology said the storm has since been downgraded to a rain depression.
“Damaging winds are no longer expected,” the bureau said in a statement, adding that surf conditions would remain dangerous.
There are no reports of deaths or serious injuries from the severe storm, Queensland state Premier Anna Bligh said.
“We are characterizing it as a significant event with severe damage in some pockets, but not a catastrophic event,” she said.