Cyclone batters Australian coast
Storm knocks out power to 60,000 homes
About 60,000 homes were left without power as Tropical Cyclone Ului crossed the coast at Airlie Beach as a Category 3 storm.
No injuries have been reported.
Many tourists and backpackers fled as strong winds blew over trees and signs.
About a dozen boats moored in the area were smashed up against sea walls and carried ashore.
The Bureau of Meteorology said the storm was downgraded to Category 2 as it moved inland, but flooding fears remain due to heavy rain.
With files from The Associated Press