A satellite image shows cyclone Yasi making landfall in Queensland, Australia, on Feb. 2. US Naval Research Laboratory/Marine Meteorological Division/Reuters
Boats and yachts are piled together at Port Hinchinbrook near Cardwell, Australia, on Feb. 4, after cyclone Yasi brought heavy rain and howling winds gusting to 186 m.p.h. The storm was among the most powerful ever to strike Australia. Rick Rycroft/AP
Locals walk through a garden square in Mission Beach, Australia, on Feb. 4. The cyclone destroyed dozens of homes, cut power supplies in two regional cities, and laid waste to banana and sugar cane crops. Rick Rycroft/AP
Debris is piled around a piano at a senior citizens' center destroyed in Tully, Australia, on Feb. 3. The most powerful storm in a century ripped across Australia's northeast coast. Rick Rycroft/AP
A man works to repair damage to the roof of his house while his dogs inspect a fallen tree in Kamma, Australia, on Feb. 3. Rick Rycroft/AP
Homes are destroyed in Tully, Australia, on Feb. 3, after cyclone Yasi passed Queensland's northeast coast. Dave Hunt/AAP Image/AP
A message sprayed on debris shows the resilient spirit of a home-owner after a house was destroyed in Tully, Australia, on Feb. 3. Rick Rycroft/AP
Two women survey the damage in Tully, Australia, on Feb. 3. Rick Rycroft/AP
Chunks of road were swept up in Cardwell, Australia, on Feb. 4, after cyclone Yasi hit the area. Rick Rycroft/AP
People pack a shopping mall used as an evacuation shelter in Cairns, Australia, on Feb. 2, as cyclone Yasi approached. Rick Rycroft/AP
On Friday Spain's Catalonia region voted to give their leader the power to call a secession referendum. Inspired by Scotland's vote on indpendence, European separatists are seeking the same chance.
ByAlan Clendenning and Joseph Wilson, Associated Press
Despite Scotland's decision to reject independence, lawmakers in Spain's Catalonia region voted overwhelmingly Friday to give their leader the power to call a secession referendum that the central government in Madrid has denounced as illegal.