The tropical cyclone "Marcia" on Friday morning hit a densely populated area in Queensland in Australia. Authorities fear devastation. Another cyclone hit the country just hours earlier.
The strength of the cyclone was upgraded to the highest level when it hit land. Authorities warn against gusts up to 82 meters per second, high seas, floods and tides.
- This is going to be catastrophic. There is no doubt about it, says Deputy Police Chief Ian Stewart of the Queensland police. He calls the situation "desperate".
- Our main goal from now on is to save lives in the area, says Stewart.
Two fishermen were missing before the cyclone hit land, but they were later found in good condition.
Australia's meteorological institute expects that the cyclone is going to cause major damage to buildings and electricity. People are therefore encouraged to stay indoors or seek to evacuation centers, a solicitation many did not hesitated to follow. All hospitals in Queensland are in emergency preparedness.
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