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Cyclone Debbie: BOM shows wind speeds top 260kph as Queensland battered

19:26 EDT

As Cyclone Debbie crossed the north Queensland coast, it created wind gusts of up to 263kph.

Navy's largest ships unable to join Cyclone Debbie emergency response amid engine troubles

19:26 EDT

Engineers are frantically working to solve engine problems on the Royal Australian Navy's two largest ships, with fears the Landing Helicopter Docks (LHDs) could be out of action for several weeks.

Cyclone Debbie's eye reaches coast; BOM downgrades system to category three

19:14 EDT

Tropical Cyclone Debbie has been downgraded to a category three system, having made landfall along the north Queensland coastline near Airlie Beach earlier this afternoon as a slow-moving category four system.