Australia news live: damage, flooding and power cuts reported in north Queensland as Cyclone Jasper downgraded to tropical low

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BoM warns of ‘life-threatening’ flooding and watch-and-act warnings around Cairns and Port Douglas even as storm system weakens overnight. Follow the day’s news live

Heavy rains and damaging winds have hit Queensland’s tropical north coast as Tropical Cyclone Jasper weakened to a tropical low, reports Australian Associated Press.

Residents took shelter as the category 2 storm hit and winds of about 100km/h uprooted trees and brought down powerlines.

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