‘Bulletin’ gets emergency edition out as Yasi sweeps through Townsville

News Limited’s new Townsville pressline escaped damage when tropical Cyclone Yasi swept through the North Queensland city last night and this morning.

North Queensland Newspapers group production manager Peter Bull says a skeleton crew of journalists, IT, prepress, printers and publishers weathered the mega storm at the print centre.

“We printed a 20-page emergency paper under generator load,” he told GXpress via iPhone email.

“Sorry can't call, no mobiles working,” he added.

News has print centres in Townsville – where a new five-tower manroland Geoman press went on edition late last year – and at Cairns. The two cities stand on either side of the route of the Category 5 cyclone, which hit the coast between Tully and Cardwell.

National TV viewers saw images of windswept Townsville – including the new 'Townsville Bulletin' print centre – on their screens as the cyclone approached last night.

The local ‘Tully Times’ is understood to be printed in Cairns. The coastal town. A third of buildings were reported to have been destroyed or lost roofs in the coastal town, which has a population of 2500.

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