Cyclone Debbie moves towards the Queensland coast, Australia

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Some people have refused to leave despite warnings the destructive core could be as wide as 100km (62 miles). I am just pleading to everyone, please, listen to authorities. I do, you must as well. This is about your safety, it is about the safety of your family and the safety of your children,” Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk addressed to people, emphasizing that the storm would rival the devastating Cyclone Yasi in 2011. The cyclone is expected to make landfall sometime after 07:00 on Tuesday (22:00 GMT Monday) anywhere in a 265km zone from Townsville to Proserpine. Previously, The Whitsunday holiday islands were already being buffeted by 100km/h winds. Supermarket shelves are nearly empty as people prepare for the cyclone. It is expected all emergency services will not be able to respond to calls for assistance during the strong winds. Queensland authorities have closed 102 schools, 81 early childhood education centers and two ports.

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