Sunday 20 January 2019

Thunderstorms and flash floods as yasi causes more chaos

The tail end of one of Australia's largest cyclones triggered wild storms and flash flooding at the other end of the country, while residents at the epicentre picked through what was left of their homes.

The tropical low that was Cyclone Yasi, which tore through the north east earlier this week, was active over central Australia and making a series of thunderstorms over the southern city of Melbourne.

More than 7ins of rain fell in just a few hours overnight in some Melbourne neighbourhoods and winds gusting to 80mph knocked down trees. Drains were overwhelmed, causing flash flooding that covered streets and swamped some homes. The State Emergency Service said 84 people were rescued from cars that stalled in flooded streets, or from inundated properties.

Many parts of Australia have suffered a summer of awful weather, including pounding rains across north-eastern Queensland state that caused the nation's worst flooding in decades, killing 35 people.

Yasi ripped across the coast near Cairns on Wednesday night, tearing apart dozens of homes.


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