Update 3:42 p.m. ET

(Bloomberg) -- The worst cyclone in six years is set tosmash into the coast of Queensland on Tuesday morning, forcingthousands of Australians to evacuate or seek emergency shelter andprompting some of the world’s biggest miners to halt coaloperations.

Cyclone Debbie is forecast to intensify before it makeslandfall north of the city of Mackay with winds as strongas 275 kilometers an hour (171 miles per hour) at its “verydestructive core,” according to the Bureau of Meteorology. Police warned that25,000 residents need to evacuate the city due to an expected stormsurge.

'Severe cyclone'

“This is going to be a severe cyclone,” Queensland PremierAnnastacia Palaszczuk told reporters Monday. “It is increasing inintensity.”

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