Australia storm kills three
Three people drowned in floodwaters from a strong storm that pounded Australia’s east coast over the weekend, with drenching rains and huge ocean swells forcing some coastal residents to flee their homes and sending a swimming pool (above) crashing into the sea. The body of a 65-year-old man was found in a car on Monday in a creek near the town of Bowral, about 120 kilometres south of Sydney, while the body of another man was found in a truck washed away by floodwaters in the southwest Sydney suburb of Leppington, New South Wales state police said. In the nation’s capital, Canberra, a 37-year-old man died after powerful floodwaters flipped his truck over and swept it away. The storm knocked out power to more than 85,000 homes and businesses and nearly 300 people needed to be rescued across New South Wales, the state emergency services agency said. Many had attempted to drive or walk across flooded roads.