Cyclone Yasi has caused devastation in many small towns along the coast of North Queensland overnight.
Towns closest to the eye of the cyclone were hardest hit with reports of rainforests stripped bear and many Mission Beach houses with either roofs torn off or other structural damage.
Photos attached to this report show Gregory Street in North Ward – Townsville, which by comparison has escaped relatively unscathed.
Much of the trees and foliage in the Botanical Gardens shown in the images have been stripped of branches and or flattened by the force of the winds of Cyclone Yasi.
Damage assessments have yet to be attempted as the winds are still considered too dangerous for SES and Electricity workers to go out to reported damage areas.
Tully, another town close to the path of the cyclone has reported significant damage to roofs, gutters and shop awnings this morning, full damage assessments are yet to be attempted.
Meanwhile in Cairns a baby girl was born overnight during the peak of the storm and reports indicate that two others newborn joined to the word in Innisfail, all are reported to be safe and well.
At this stage, Cardwell 50km south of Innisfail has yet to have any reports made on how it fared overnight as Cyclone Yasi passed close by, and fears are that it could be one of the worst hit population centres.
Reports are coming in continuously as local residents find ways of communicating with media outlets to report on their situation, we will endeavour to continue with updates throughout the morning as information comes to hand.