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Waves stirred up by Tropical Cyclone Ului crash over the yacht Anaconda at Airlie Beach on Sunday. ((Brian Cassey/Associated Press))

A cyclone with winds gusting to 200 km/h hit the northern coast of Australia early Sunday, causing power outages and damaging homes in Queensland.

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