Monday, March 22, 2010

Tropical Storm hits Northeast Australia

Updated on : Monday, March 22, 2010

SYDNEY: A powerful storm lashing across the northeast coast of Australia have torn roofs from buildings, smashed boats into rocks, and cut power and communication lines to tens of thousands of homes and businesses.

No deaths or injuries were reported as the tropical storm whipped across the popular tourist area that borders the Great Barrier Reef, officials said on Monday.

Repair crews struggled to restore power supply and phone lines after Cyclone Ului, a Category 3 storm, left a trail of destruction as it blew over Airlie Beach early on Sunday.

Ului struck with winds of up to 200 kilometers per hour, strong enough to suck the air-conditioning units out of walls.

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