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Cyclone Yasi Hits Australia

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Cyclone Yasi roared its way across the coast of Queensland, Australia, Wednesday night, bringing strong winds and rain to an area still recovering from weeks of rain and flooding.

Australia's Government Bureau of Meteorology has downgraded the storm from a Category 5 to a Category 3, or severe tropical cyclone, and predicts Yasi will produce heavy rain and wind. But the bureau said the storm will weaken as it moves to the southwest. 

The storm has already torn off roofs and downed trees and power lines, according to the Associated Press. The BBC reports that more than 10,000 have fled to evacuation centers to wait out the storm.