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Slideshow: Cyclone Yasi downgraded as it moves over north east Australia

After causing destruction in Queensland, the most powerful storm to hit Australia in almost a century has been downgraded to a category one.

CYCLONE YASI HAS moved away from Queensland leaving behind it a trail of destruction, with the coastal towns of Tully, Mission Beach and Cardwell being the worst hit.

The massive cyclone is the most powerful storm to hit the area in nearly a century, and has now struck north east Australia – tearing off roofs, toppling trees and cutting electricity to more than 170,000 people. However, residents will have some comfort in the news that – as of last night – the cyclone has been downgraded from a category five to a category one storm, Bloomberg reports.

Two people are still missing in the Innisfail area of Cairns.

Slideshow: Cyclone Yasi downgraded as it moves over north east Australia
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