Cyclone hits Australia

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Audio Transcript:

Our Geo Quiz comes straight out of the news this time: a massive cyclone is battering northeastern Australia. Cyclone Yasi went ashore in a state that's known as the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef.

The storm is impacting a part of the state that's to the north of areas hit by massive flooding recently. But that's no consolation for residents in coastal communities from Cape Tribulation to Proserpine. They're having to deal with what forecasters call the most powerful storm to hit the area in nearly a century.

What's the name of the Australian state we're looking for?

Geo Answer:

Cyclone Yasi was a Category 5 storm when it came ashore in northeast Queensland, the answer to our quiz. Anchor Marco Werman gets details from Brett Harrison, a senior forecaster at the Bureau of Meteororology's Tropical Cyclone Warning Centre in Brisbane.