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Topic - Bill Shannon
A massive cyclone struck northeastern Australia early Thursday, tearing off roofs, toppling trees and cutting power to thousands, the most powerful storm to hit the area in nearly a century.
Bill Shannon, a baseball historian, author and an official scorer at New York Yankees and Mets games for decades, died in an early morning house fire Tuesday.
In Innisfail, a town about 55 miles south of Cairns that sat nearly in the direct path of the storm, Mayor Bill Shannon said he saw the roof torn off a building near the local government building where about 500 people are sheltering.
"We're just hoping and praying we can all get through the night," Mr. Shannon said.