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Cyclone Debbie Claims First Casualty In Far North Queensland

A person has died in a fatal traffic incident near Proserpine, with the severe weather conditions of Cyclone Debbie playing a significant role in the crash. 

The news was confirmed during a press conference with Police representative Ian Stewart on Monday morning. 

Cyclone Debbie is currently still offshore, and is expected to cross the Queensland border just south of Ayr tomorrow morning. 

It is expected to be classified as a category 4 cyclone when it meets land and is poised to bring winds stronger than that of Cyclone Yasi in 2011. 

There are a number of police warnings in place, while entire areas are being encouraged to evacuate as soon as possible to avoid further incident. 

MP Annastacia Palaszczuk also stressed that there was no room for complacency from Townsville right down to Mackay. 

The impact to Brisbane, if any, is yet to be determined. 

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