Hit at Mission Beach at midnight. Winds 290km/hr. Eye was 35km across. Took 4 hours to pass. Mission Beach, Innisfail, Tully worst hit. Still going. Now Category 3. 200km inland from Cairns now. Georgetown next in line. Winds still up to 200km in eye of storm.
Still dark up there. No-one has been outside yet... winds still too strong. Emergency services have just been deployed in Cairns and Townsville. No word from Tully or Innisfail. Nothing on twitter - power and phones out.
A baby is being born at a Cairns evacuation centre!