CYCLONE DEBBIE: NORTH QUEENSLAND PREPARES

Residents of North Queensland are preparing for the landfall of Tropical Cyclone Debbie, with the Bureau of Meteorology warning the cyclone will be the worst to hit the state since Cyclone Yasi in 2011. Debbie is expected to hit land on Tuesday morning as a category four system and evacuation orders are in place for towns in the projected path of Cyclone Debbie, and many schools have cancelled classes today. The Townsville Bulletin reports cyclonic winds could be felt in the city from as early as 4pm today.