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Queensland's major coal terminals halt operations ahead of impending cyclone

Major Queensland coal terminals have shut down as the Australian state braces for Cyclone Debbie, which is expected to make landfall March 28 as a category 4 storm.

S&P Global Platts reported March 27 that Hay Point, Dalrymple Bay and Abbot Point terminals have suspended operations, citing a spokeswoman for North Queensland Bulk Ports.

A Category 5 storm is the strongest on Australia's Bureau of Meteorology's scale and was last experienced in 2011 when Severe Tropical Cyclone Yasi struck.

"Areas of heavy rain with the potential to cause severe flash flooding are expected to develop about parts of the northern and central Queensland coast and adjacent inland areas later today and continue through Tuesday," Platts quoted the bureau as saying.

All three terminals exported an aggregate 11.4 million tonnes of coal in February, and 144.19 million tonnes in 2016, said the report, citing the North Queensland Bulk Ports.

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