In Australia, cyclone Kerry swept through northern Queensland on Thursday (1 March), leaving a trail of floods and damage estimated at ten million Australian dollars (11,299,000 U.
GV AND SVs: damaged boats in Mackay Harbour. (2 shots)
GV: waves pound vessels.
SCU: Whitsunday Wanderer damaged but still afloat (3 shots)
GV PAN: small boats driven up onto beach. (3 shots)
GVs: damaged buildings (2 shots)
GV: spray whips along city street with power lines down. (2 shots)
FIDLER:"The gushing winds pushed up huge, choppy seas, which played havoc in the Mackay harbour. A thirty-five mete tourist launch, the Royal Envian, broke one of its moorings and swung at its pier, slamming into the larger vessel, the Whitsunday Wanderer. As harbour workmen watched helplessly. sheltered from winds which reached one hundred and fifty kilometres an hour, the Royal Envian and the Whitsunday Wanderer crashed together repeatedly, with each smash accompanied by the sickening sound of splintering timber and shattering glass. As the pounding continued, the starboard side of the Envian gradually caved in, and the former World War Two craft finally sank.
"The Whitsunday Wanderer was more fortunate. The million-dollar craft, which was commissioned about four years ago, was severely damaged around the stern, but managed to remain afloat despite shipping a lot of water.
"Elsewhere in the harbour, damage was also severe. At least six yachts are known to have foundered. Two sank at their moorings, and another four were washed ashore, where they remained at the mercy of the seas.
"But, despite the havoc in the harbour, Mackay's residential areas remained relatively unscathed. Mackay police said building damage was confined to around thirty houses, and a few commercial buildings. "The gushing winds tore down power lines all over the city, and with the high winds continuing all day, electricity board crews were set a difficult job restoring supply."
REPORTER: JOHN EIDLER
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Background: In Australia, cyclone Kerry swept through northern Queensland on Thursday (1 March), leaving a trail of floods and damage estimated at ten million Australian dollars (11,299,000 U.S. dollars). In the coastal city of Mackay, more than twenty-six houses had their roofs torn off, or suffered severe damage. Newspaper reports said that, miraculously,no-one was injured. The Weather Bureau in Brisbane, the state capital, described Cyclone Kerry as the most erratic they had charted in the past ten years. John Fidler, a Mackay based reporter for Brisbane's Channel seven, described the destruction.