Friday, February 20, 2015

Cyclones Lam and Maria hit Australia with 182 Miles per hour gusts

Two cyclones hit Australia simultaneously for the first time in recorded history

Australia storms: Cyclones hit Queensland and and Northern Territory

Two powerful cyclones pounded Australia on Friday and left a trail of destruction with houses ripped apart, trees uprooted and power lines torn down, cutting electricity to thousands of people.
Tropical Cyclone Marcia, a category five storm, slammed into the Queensland coast just after 2200 GMT on Thursday with its landfall coming just hours after Cyclone Lam hit further north.

The aftermath of Tropical Cyclone Marcia in Yeppoon (EPA)
The category four Lam caused extensive damage to remote Aboriginal communities near Elcho Island, some 500 kilometres (310 miles) east of Northern Territory capital Darwin, including Milingimbi, Ramingining, and Gapuwiyak.

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