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Australian region braced for cyclone

Australia’s flood-ravaged north east is bracing itself for a further crisis as a cyclone races towards the region which has already suffered billions of dollars worth of damage.

Cyclone Anthony has grown to a Category Two storm with winds reaching 129km per hour and it is expected to cross the Queensland state coast on Tuesday morning.

Residents in coastal communities have been warned to brace themselves for more flooding and destructive winds by the Bureau of Meteorology.

The country was hit by heavy rains and mass flooding in November, which killed 35 people and damaged or destroyed 30,000 homes and businesses.

Prime minister Julia Gillard said the storm was a “big, cruel blow” to locals who have had to endure months of flooding.

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