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Cyclone Ului Lashes Queensland Coast March 26, 2010
This six-day satellite loop of Cyclone Ului shows the storm spinning clockwise from Vanuatu to Queensland.
Former Category 5 Cyclone Ului had weakened to tropical storm force by the time it roared ashore on northeastern Australia’s Queensland coast.

But it was still powerful enough to uproot trees and rip air-conditioning units from the sides of homes.

Ului made landfall Sunday morning near the Great Barrier Reef tourist town of Airlie Beach. High winds and storm-surge tides swept yachts ashore and knocked out power to thousands of homes.

Flooding was reported in parts of the Whitsunday and Mackay regions.

Queensland state Premier Anna Bligh told reporters that there had not been any reports of deaths or serious injuries due to the storm.

Agriculture officials says some damage was done to the region’s sugar cane crop, but a full assessment of the losses was not yet available.

Four years ago, a far more powerful Cyclone Larry made landfall near the Queensland town of Innisfail, causing millions of dollars in damage.

That storm's fury also wiped out the nation's banana crop, which left thousands of people unemployed.

Cyclone Ului Track

Satellite Loop Data: CIMSS