This handout from the Queensland Police Service taken on March 29, 2017 shows flood waters submerging part of a highway near the Cyclone Debbie-hit Bowen area in Queensland. / AFP / QUEENSLAND POLICE SERVICE / Handout /
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Australia's army and emergency workers headed to areas of tropical Queensland state hardest hit by Cyclone Debbie Wednesday, finding roads blocked by fallen trees, sugarcane fields flattened and widespread damage in coastal towns.Thousands of people took shelter as tourist resorts along the world-famous Great Barrier Reef and coastal areas were belted with wind gusts stronger than 260 km per hour (160 mph).Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the worst-hit area was the Whitsunday coast and islands, some 900 km (560 miles) northwest of the state capital, Brisbane. Water was cut to Daydream Island, where there were 200 guests and 100 staff, she said.
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